At least 70 beggars and homeless people were on the early hours of Wednesday dumped at the Upper Iweka Road by agents of the Lagos state Government. The affected people claimed that before being deported to Onitsha, they were first detained in Ikorodu for over six months by the Lagos State Kick Against Indiscipline, which had accused them of wandering and other minor offences. Some of the affected people however claimed that they were going about their normal business when they were arrested.
Dr. Peter Katchy, Chairman of Nigeria Red Cross Society in the South-East, condemned the action of the Lagos State Government saying: “It’s very deplorable; it’s very disheartening that a state in the Federal Republic of Nigeria will bundle people, who are not even indigenes of Anambra State, and dump them under the flyover at Upper Iweka in Onitsha.
“Many of the people, we have interviewed are not indigenes of Anambra State. Some of them are from Ebonyi State; some are from Imo State among other states.
“It is an insult to Anambra State. We shall draw the attention of the governor of Anambra State to ask the reason for such an invasion of his territory.
It should be recalled that last year the Lagos State government similarly dumped some beggars at the same Upper Iweka Road.