Five thousand homes were destroyed in Nigeria on Friday (25 August) after the occupants had failed to obey an eviction order from the government.
GV Bulldozer clears Shanty Town.
SV Soldier lifts corrugated roofing.
SV Soldier sorts through debris.
SV Corrugated iron loaded onto lorry.
GV Evacuees on lorries.
GV Cleared area with evacuees in background.
SV Evacuees sort through debris.
SV Man asleep on bench.
SV Family sitting among belongings. (2 shots)
SV Small girl TILT DOWN to belongings.
CU Baby in cot TILT to despondent father.
SV & CU Family eating from makeshift table. (3 shots)
GV Religious figure conducting ceremony. (2 shots)
SV Women sit at water's edge PAN TO waves.
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Background: Five thousand homes were destroyed in Nigeria on Friday (25 August) after the occupants had failed to obey an eviction order from the government.
The people are mainly squatters, who'd set up home in a shanty town on Victoria Island - now earmarked for a new State House, a hospital, a luxury hotel, and government offices.
The deadline for eviction - which few people apparently took seriously - was midnight on Thursday. Precisely at 5 a.m. on Friday the bulldozers began their work.
Some residents pleaded with bulldozer drivers to stop so that they could retrieve their belongings - but they were pushed back by soldiers and police.
As well as the homes of squatters, the demolition squad also razed church buildings, stores and hotels.