ImageEver since the news about the deportation of some “destitutes, drug addicts and mentally challenged” persons of Igbo origin broke out, both the traditional and social media platforms have been thrown into frenzy polarizing debates regarding the propriety or otherwise of the action taken by the Babatunde Raji Fashola-led Lagos State Government (LASG). Debunking the deportation claims, the LASG counter-claimed that they “rehabilitated” the deportees and “reunited” them with their families.  The Lagos State Task Force had on July 24, 2013, dumped about 70 Igbos at Upper Iweka overhead bridge in Onitsha, Anambra State at 3 a.m.

The deportation, believed to be a longstanding population decongestion strategy of the LASG has been roundly condemned by a broad spectrum of Nigerians. Aka Ikenga, a Think Tank group of the Igbo people described the deportation as ‘inhuman” just as veteran politicians like Chief Ebenezer Babatope considered it to be “very embarrassing…

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