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You could recollect that last year, not minding the consequence of its action, the Lagos state government rescued 2, 217 beggars from the streets in the state. And it returned 458 destitute to other states of the federation through their relations, who were residents in the state.
In spite of Lagos state Government’s effort to end street begging, more beggars still troop into the state daily. This compelled the government to intensify its raid, leading to the evacuation of 260 beggars from the streets in the last 100 days.
This was contained in a document made available by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Aderemi Ibirogba at the 2,800 days celebration of the Governor Babatunde Fashola’s administration held in Agidingbi, Ikeja.
In 2013, the state faced fierce public outrage over alleged forced expulsion of some Igbo indigenes from its territory.
It was reported that most of the affected people were sent to rehabilitation centres. The document said the office evacuated 260 beggars/destitute from the streets during the 100 days under review.”
It added that 22 destitute rescued earlier from the streets are currently undergoing training at the rehabilitation centre, in Majidun, Ikorodu while five children rescued from the streets have been sent to schools after completing their rehabilitation exercise. After treatment, the government offered shelter to six students who were victims of sexual abuse even as those who abused them undergo prosecution.