The deportation of 83 Nigerians to their State of origin, Anambra, has been the most controversial step taken by Lagos State in recent time. The action has been widely condemned by civil right activists and legal practitioners.
The victims of the deportation have thus sued the Lagos State Government in quest of justice, seeking a sum N2 billion from Lagos State as compensation.
The lawyer representing the 83 deportees, John Nwokwu has argued that no state government has the right to deport a Nigerian, for whatsoever reason.
Punch gathered, that Mr Nwokwu prayed the court to declare that such alleged action of the Lagos State Government was a violation of Sections 35, 41(1) and 42 of the Constitution, and Articles 6,12, 2 and 28 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act, Cap., A9 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
Lagos State Governor Babatunde Raji Fashiona has since apologize for the action in various meeting with Igbo people.