Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, has been telling the State’s side of the story in the raging controversy over the State’s relocation of some destitutes from the East of the country to Anambra State. Contrary to the figures being bandied in the media, the Governor told a gathering of Igbo indigenes under the auspices of Aka Ikenga that the actual number of those taken to Anambra State was fourteen. He also expressed sadness that the Governor of Anambra State did not make any formal complaints to him before writing a letter to the President on the issue.
The Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi, had petitioned the President to intervene over the issue after he discovered that some destitutes were moved from Lagos State by the Sate government and dumped at the Upper Iweka area on the city of Onitsha. Some of the destitutes have come out to say they were forcefully evicted from Lagos after being arrested at various locations. Some even said they were not beggars but hawking goods on the streets of Lagos when they were arrested. But Mr. Fashola insists that the destitutes asked to go home after they had been rehabilitated by his government. He said what the State did was simply grant their wishes.