Saturday, 03 August 2013 15:10

Only 14 destitutes returned to Anambra –Fashola

Governor Fashola, Lagos State Governor Fashola, Lagos State

CNPP cautions Obi over backlash


Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State yesterday cleared the air on the controversies trailing the alleged forceful ejection of some Igbo from the state, saying only 14 destitutes were picked on the streets, ehabilitated and resettled back to their state.


Governor Fashola thus distanced the state’s government from the claim that those resettled were 67 or 72.

Fashola who also disclosed that he just ordered the rehabilitation of a mad woman who was allegedly impregnated by unknown person in Oshodi, said the state’s government’s care for its residents had no ethnic or political colouration.


Meanwhile, the Lagos State chapter of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) has urged Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State not to allow the controversy cause rancour between Igbo and Yoruba in Lagos.


In a statement signed by the state’s chairman of CNPP, Hon Akinola Obadia, the group said that the issue should not be allowed to cause disaffection among the Igbo people living in the state with their Yoruba neighbours.


The CNPP also warned against tribalising the alleged deportation issue. The statement reads in part: “We in the CNPP have gone extra mile to find out the fact from government source on the issue of the return of destitutes in the state to their states of origin.


We decided to make a clean breast of the matter against the disinformation and rumour some people are making.”


Speaking during a visit of Aka Ikenga, Igbo community in Lagos to his office in Alausa, Ikeja, Fashola said what happened was indeed minor issue that had been exaggerated to score cheap political gain.


Explaining the genesis of the controversy, Fashola recalled that there was correspondence between the Lagos State Government and the Anambra State liaison in Lagos.


Governor Fashola explained that his Anambra State counterpart could not claim ignorance of the whole matter.