No Deportation took Place in Lagos – says Security Council Boss

The Lagos State Security Council on Wednesday met with the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Umaru Manko, stating that the State has not deported anyone, but had merely taken back home destitute who have been reformed following their request to be taken home and resettled.

Mr Manko, who fielded questions from State House Correspondents at the Lagos House, Ikeja after the meeting chaired by Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) explained that no such thing as deportation took place in the State.

“There was no deportation per se. What happened was rehabilitation and resettlement of people from other sides of the country who came to Lagos and turned into destitute were revived and reformed and indicated their interest of going back home and they were taken back to their homes to be resettled. That was what happened and there was no deportation at all”, he said.

The Police Commissioner also said the Council has directed security officers to start enforcing the law that makes pushing trucks or wheel barrows on expressways an offence from today, adding that officers are going to be mandated to start arresting the offenders.

He explained that under the Lagos Traffic laws, it constitutes an offence for people to push trucks or carts on the public highways and bridges, adding that such people should keep off the roads with carts and wheel barrows.

Mr Manko also said the meeting discussed extensively on the general security in the state and re-assured Lagosians that the security situation in the state is perfect and that security operatives are on top of their jobs.

“The people should go about their lawful normal businesses. Of course you know that the Ed-El- Fitri is just by the corner. We have done everything necessary to ensure that the festival come and go without any hitches. All the security agencies have done their home work to ensure that Lagosians have a crime free Ed- El- Fitri”, the Police Commissioner emphasized.

Responding to another question on what the enforcement of the State Traffic Law has been one year after, Mr Manko said the enforcement has been fantastic, “You cannot see commercial motorcyclists on restricted roads any longer and those of them who decide to come out to test the law have themselves to blame. So the aspect of that traffic law that is being implemented, I think is being done well”.

Also present at the briefing were the State Director of the State Security Service (SSS), Mr Ben Achu Olayi, Commander, 9 Brigade Ikeja Cantonment, Brigadier General Adeniyi Oyebade, Representative of the Commander 435 Base Services Group, Ikeja, Wing Commander G. Oremosu and Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Major Tunde Panox (rtd).

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