One month after Mainlanders joined their counterparts across the nation to stage a peaceful protest march in Lagos, the physically-challenged and beggars in Lagos also stormed the Governors Office in Alausa yesterday, March 7, 2017.
During the protest, the protesters who were marching against their alleged dehumanization, came out en-masse, and prevented the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode from gaining access to his office.
The protesters also blocked the entrance into the Alausa Secretariat and the Lagos State House of Assembly paralyzing government activities in the process.
The protest march, led by a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Justice and Empowerment Initiatives Nigeria (JEI) demanded that the government take urgent action on the alleged dehumanisation of the physically-challenged in the State.
The JEI had earlier issued a letter to the government where it condemned the alleged inhuman and degrading treatment that persons living with disability are subjected to at the Lagos State Rehabilitation Centre, Owutu-Majidun in Ikorodu Local Government of Lagos State.
In the letter, the NGO expressed its concern on “the continued harassment, intimidation, extortion, unlawful detention, and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment of PWLDs at the Lagos State Rehabilitation Centre, Majidun.”
The group further demanded the closure of Majidun-Owutu Rehabilitation Centre as well as the immediate release of “all persons unlawfully detained,” and the immediate suspension of enforcement and subsequent repeal of Section 166 (1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State that criminalizes street begging.
Addressing the protesters, a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Adefunmilayo Tejuosho, disclosed that the government was committed to inclusive governance and has empowerment programmes for the physically challenged.
She also stressed that the lawmakers would look into the matter and get back to the protesters.