The Lagos State Government has started a huge invasion against beggars and crazy people across the state as it captured 128 of them.
The assault was done on Monday across the city as the government pledged to free the state of poor people, neurotics, and road merchants.
In the activity labeled “Rescue Operation” by a unique group of the Rescue and Rehabilitation branch of the service in a joint effort with the police, Man O War and different volunteers, visited significant roads and markets in Mushin, Fadeyi, Yaba, Lekki, and Sabo regions to rescue beggars, destitute and vulnerable people found on the street, under the bridges, uncompleted buildings and other places unfit for human habitation.
Beggars, destitute, lunatics and others caught were hauled inside the truck and taken away.
Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mr. Olusegun Dawodu had during a press conference at Bagauda Kaltho press center, Secretariat, Alausa recently informed the public of the plan, purpose, and modus operandi for the setting up of the special team to rescue beggars, destitute and vulnerable persons.
A mentally deranged woman arrested
The Commissioner said “As a responsible and responsive government under the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu led- administration, we will not fold our arms and watch the state become a haven for beggars,” noting that the state would take action to curb the menace.
“Street begging is a social vice that we cannot afford to watch attain uncontrollable level before we act, otherwise, all the good plans and programs to transform our dear state would be adversely affected which is the same with street hawking,” he added.
One of the lunatics arrested
Head of Rehabilitation and Rescue Department, Mrs. Olutoyin Jaiyeola disclosed that about 128 people, male and Female which included mentally challenged persons, destitute, and beggars were rescued by the team from different areas of the State.