Destruction of Odi Town, Bayelsa State

What is affected
Type of violation
Date 23 November 1999
Region AFA [ Africa anglophone ]
Country Nigeria
Location Odi, Bayelsa State

Affected persons

Total 50000
Men 0
Women 0
Children 0
Proposed solution
Details Odi Bayelsa governor.pdf
Development OCHA+-+Displaced+Populations+Report+Jan+-+Mar+09.pdf
Housing losses
- Number of homes 10000
- Total value €

Duty holder(s) /responsible party(ies)

Brief narrative A year earlier [1999], soldiers of the Nigerian army on a reprisal attack had killed about 2,483 people of Odi town in Bayelsa State. The town was home to about 50,000 inhabitants. All the houses in the town were razed to the ground and set ablaze. The survivors scampered to the bush and were turned into refugees in the neighboring towns. The invading army raped many of the women and young girls. Till date, no compensation has been paid to the victims, neither have the destroyed houses been rebuilt. Government has not apologized. It has given no guarantee of nonrepitition.

Source: Ray Onyegu and Kalu Onuoha, Housing Rights in Nigeria (Lagos: Socio Economic Rights Initiative, July 2007), pp. 103–06.

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