by Akan Ido
Contrary to the assertions made by the governor of Akwa Ibom, Godswill Apbabio that the people of Anambra that, unlike him, the All Progressives Congress (APC) deports Nigerian citizens, it would appear he is also a culprit, according to a document made available to YNaija.
Akpabio had at a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rally in Onitsha, Anambra yesterday implored supporters of the party’s governorship candidate, Emeka Nwoye to ignore the Senator Chris Ngige who is running under the APC flag.
The PDP rally was attended by President Goodluck Jonathan who led a delegation of party loyalists to drum up support for the election of its candidate.
According to the Akwa Ibom candidate, “If it is not Panadol it can never be like Panadol. This (APC) is a party that is deporting your sons and daughters and demolishing their shops,” Mr. Akpabio told supporters of the PDP.
However, an letter purportedly signed by an aide of the Commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Development of Akwa Ibom, Akaninyere Ubara, dated July 23 shows that two indigenes of Lagos State who were described as “vagrant psychotics” were deported from the state.
See document below:
The letter titled: Repatriation of Lunatics, Beggars and Destitute to their Home States reads:
“This is to inform the Honourable Commissioner that in our bid to rid the state Capital of Lunatics in line with the transformational policy of the present Administration, the underlisted persons who are known vagrants psychotics were evacuated during the clean up exercise to remove Lunatics off the streets of Akwa Ibom State.”
“Since then, the patients were hospitalised and duly treated with good responses. Following their processes of recovering of sanity the doctor has placed them on trial leave. However, in view of the fact that they are indigenes of Lagos State, and have no relations in Uyo we have decided to refer them to you for further Medical Management/treatment necessary action, please.”
The men referred to in the letter were Babatunde Obamaiviaya and Tunde Jimmy.
The Babatunde Fashola government was severely criticised months ago for allegedly ‘deporting’ seventy two destitutes to their home-state, Anambra with his counterpart, Peter Obi, threatening to do the same.
The Lagos State Governor eventually apologised for the act.