Stressing its determination to eradicate the cart pushing in the state, the government said it would begin mass arrest of cart pushers today.
Addressing journalists after the monthly security meeting, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Umar Manko, said the state government only resettled the 67 Anambra indigenes.
He said: “What happened was that the state government did rehabilitation and resettlement of the citizens from other states. And these were those who came to Lagos and turned into destitute.
How does Lagos State Goverment resettle Lagos indigenes who are destitute?
However, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) Publicity Secretary in Lagos State, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, has warned those who want to make politics out of the destitute moved from Lagos to Anambra State to desist from such.
Speaking at a press briefing yesterday in Lagos, Igbokwe said: “The truth of the matter is that Lagos has said it would not accept a situation where people board buses from Sokoto, Ibadan, Aba or Onitsha to come to Lagos to beg and in the night sleep under the bridges and roads sides, thereby constituting danger to themselves and to the society at large.
“Most of those people that are picked up are mentally retarded, terribly abused, sexually dehumanised, hungry, weak and have memory lost.
“What Lagos does was to pick them up and take them to rehabilitation centres where they are rehabilitated until they are strong enough to talk and give account of themselves.”
Igbokwe said before they were moved to Onitsha, the Lagos State Government wrote a letter to Anambra State Government on the matter, but there was no reply until the state decided to move them.
He said: “Now the political jobbers call this deportation. Lagos does not deport people, it is the home of all Nigerians, but the state frowns at people who come to Lagos to become a threat to security of lives and property.”