When Raymond Amosu paddled his family to safety in the midnight of November 9th, he steadied the canoe, turned and cast a last look at what used to be home. Tongues of fire licked away, furiously, at the three bedroom enclosure where he had married his wife, Okelusi, and raised eight children.
His eyes watered.
“I did not remove anything except my fishing nets,” Mr. Amosu, 48, a fisherman, said.
In the early hours of November 9, a gang of boys with reported ties to the powerful Elegushi chieftaincy family, entered Otodo Gbame community – a peaceful fishing settlement on the edge of the Lagos Lagoon in Lekki Phase I, made up predominantly of Eguns and other ethnic minorities in Lagos – and began setting fire to houses in the community.
Mr. Amosu said he was asleep when his wife woke him around midnight with screams of ‘fire, fire.’
“All the people in the community woke up. They were putting fire everywhere. They destroyed everything,”