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Lagos Govt. begins 371 illegal squatters’ deportation to hometowns

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

Following arrests and dislodging of illegal squatters under the Dolphin Estate bridge in Ikoyi axis of Lagos, the State Government has intensified a statewide exercise to free the metropolis of visible security risks, arresting no fewer than 450 miscreants occupying different public facilities across the state.

Of this number, the state government has commenced process to relocate 371 of the illegal squatters to their different state of origin, in order to reunite them with their families and relatives.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, who confirmed the arrest on Sunday, disclosed that the arrest was to free Lagos of visible security risks that could truncate the peace and harmony that were been experienced across the state.

“The ceaseless influx of miscreants, beggars, and the destitute onto Lagos streets has raised fears of insecurity of lives and property. This is unacceptable.

“As part of the exercise, 450 miscreants were at the weekend rescued. Of the lot, 371 pleaded for assistance to relocate to their various states due to the hardship they are facing in Lagos; 79 have been absorbed into some government facilities for rehabilitation after showing signs of being unwell.

“The exercise will continue as part of the government’s responsibility to keep our citizens safe and secure”, he added.

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