Lagos ACN backs deportation of beggars

The Lagos State chapter of the Action Congress of Nigeria says it supports the expulsion of 67 beggars and destitute by the Lagos State Government to the Upper Iweka Bridge, Onitsha, Anambra State.
The party, in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Joe Igbokwe, on Tuesday, said the action of the state government would go a long way in reducing crime in the state.

Igbokwe said, “To put the records straight, the Lagos State Government, with its commitment to the interests of Lagosians, had long embarked on the decision to pick up the many derelicts, the homeless, beggars and social miscreants that inhabit all parts of Lagos.

“The government cleans them up, finds means of livelihood for those that are employable and sends those it cannot manage to their respective states.
“We are all aware that this scheme has seen the practical reduction in the number of the beggars, street urchins and social miscreants that used to constitute real danger to life in Lagos and has seen such people moved back to various states, mainly in the North.”

He said before the state government embarked on the action, the Anambra State Government had been contacted but no response was received from it.
Igbokwe berated politicians, whom he said were using the opportunity to play politics.
He said, “We also put the nation on notice that before the latest movement of some people to Onitsha, we notified the Anambra State government, which neither responded nor took action on our complaint.

“We also want the public to note that the Lagos State Government was involved in a similar deal with the Akwa Ibom State Government when some indigent Lagosians were moved back from Akwa Ibom State to Lagos.”
Igbokwe however assured all Igbos living in Lagos to be rest assured as the state was still conducive for all those who wanted to do business.

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