LL.M, PhD, BL, Senior Lecturer and Former Head of Department of Jurisprudence and
International Law, Delta State University, Nigeria.
Every society needs a set of laws which stipulates the rights and duties of citizens, aswell as regulate the conduct of the society. But law is often perceived as repressive andunpopular by majority of the urban poor in many developing countries who feel that the lawhas done little or nothing to ameliorate their sufferings. For example, new evidence fromsatellite images has revealed the true extent of forced evictions going on in Badia East-Lagos,one of Nigeria’s mega cities. The pictures taken during and after the demolitions carried outby the Lagos State government on 23rd February 2013, clearly shows that a densely populatedarea containing concrete housing and other structures was razed to the ground. Given theimportance of housing to the overall development and existence of mankind, it is necessary tofirst determine the existence of a legal right to adequate housing to warrant a demand by thecitizen to fulfil this right and in order to appreciate the need for government intervention inthis area.
Housing, Human Right, Nigerian, Practice, Law