Adeleke to probe ‘deportation’ of Osun youths from Lagos

Akinade Feyisayo
Akinade Feyisayo
Ademola Adeleke

Ademola Adeleke, governor of Osun, has directed an immediate investigation into the alleged deportation of Osun youths from Lagos State.

On Saturday, there were reports that the Lagos government had implemented the deportation of Osun indigenes from the state.

The reports claimed that police officers had picked up Osun indigenes from various parts of Ajah, TBS, and Lagos Island.

In a statement issued on Monday by Olawale Rasheed, spokesperson to the governor, Adeleke expressed shock over the incident, adding that the state has set up an investigative team and is interfacing with the Lagos state government.

“The report was confirmed by an investigation team set up to confirm the veracity of the story by the Osun state government,” the statement reads.

“The state team reported that eyewitness accounts confirmed the dropping of the youths in several luxurious buses by a team suspected to be from Lagos State.

“The state’s report showed that the youths were systematically dropped at Ilesa-Akure express junction, Breweries; Ilesa-Ibodi-Iginla to Ife express junction, Osun Ankara express junction, Imelu express junction, and Iperindo express junction.”

The governor said he has engaged Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos, who also expressed shock over the development and promised to take urgent action.

“I spoke with my brother, Governor Sanwo-Olu, on the matter. He too was surprised, and he denied ever authorising any such action,” the governor said.

“Governor Sanwo-Olu has promised an immediate investigation to unravel the facts of the situation. The Lagos team will update us as quickly as possible.

“I am subsequently directing our security agencies in Osun to mount surveillance in and around Ilesa to track the deported youths and their destinations.

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