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Lagos government backlashed for arresting 120 northerners

Lagos state government has come under fire for what many consider discrimination for arresting more than 100 men from Jigawa, for relocating to the state. The government shared on its twitter handle that; Arrest of illegal mass movement of Okada riders to Lagos from the North jointly coordinated by the State Commissioner for The Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello and his Transportation counterpart, Dr. Abimbola Oladehinde. #ForAGreaterLagos@jidesanwoolu#LASG The statement however garnered hundreds of responses back lashing the authorities for denying the Nigerians their right to free movement and residency in any part of the country. Social influencers like Mr. Aye Dee@MrAyeDee tweeted that; there is NO such thing as ‘illegal’ movement of Nigerians from ANY part of Nigeria to ANY other part of Nigeria. Even if 100,000 okada riders from Birnin Kebbi choose to ‘descend’ on Lagos, that is their right as guaranteed in section 41(1) of the Nigerian Constitution. “Arrest of ILLEGAL mass movement of okada riders to Lagos from the North”. Please, what exactly is illegal in northerners going to Lagos enmasse? What law have they broken? Kindly enlighten. Thank you. BBOG conveners, Aisha Yesufu wrote. She added that; Aisha Yesufu @AishaYesufu, these young men go to Lagos to seek a better life. Having no education nor learnt any trade, okada riding is the easiest thing to do and Lagos is a lucrative market. It takes a lot for them to save and get the bikes some are on loan and travelling in trailers is the cheapest! Gimba Kakanda @gimbakakanda; No matter how tempted, resist the temptation to justify that “illegal mass movement” shame of the Lagos state government. The implication undermines our collective rights. You don’t have to like the people, you only need to note that the constitution of Nigeria is being violated. Handiwork of mischief-makers The State Government responded that fears expressed especially on social media, that the arrests were directed at a particular section of the country, was the handiwork of mischief-makers. The case on hand is purely a security matter which the Lagos Police Command is capable of handling professionally. It must be emphasized that the checks and arrest made by men of the Lagos State Task Force, was a proactive step, against speculated cases of Boko haram insurgency and banditry attacks across the nation. The mass movement of the arrested suspects with large quantity of used motorcycles aroused the suspicion of Lagosians who duly alerted men of the State Task Force, the government tweeted further. However, the initial tweet of ‘illegal mass movement’ seems to have been deleted by the Lagos state government.

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