The Lagos State government yesterday said it could no longer accommodate the 199 illegal immigrants from Togo as a result of enormous pressure on facilities at the Emergency Relief Camp (ERC) in Igando, Alimosho LGA and the Agbowa Relief Camp in Ikorodu LGA of the state.
It has therefore, called on the federal government to prevail on the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Nigerian Immigration Service, to relocate the migrants.
The Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, said in a statement yesterday that the Togolese nationals were first sighted at Awolowo Road in Ikoyi, directly in front of the United Nations Refugees Office.
“As soon as Governor Akinwunmi Ambode was informed of their illegal presence at the location, he promptly directed that the relevant state agency should accommodate them, initially at the Emergency Relief Camp (ERC) in Igando and later at its camp in Agbowa, Ikorodu.
“The governor also directed that the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Nigerian Immigration Service be notified, a directive that was immediately carried out.
“But surprisingly, the state government realised that these agencies have not taken any step to address the situation because the number of illegal immigrants from Togo has continued to increase,” the statement read.
He added that as at yesterday, the number of illegal Togolese migrants had increased from 114 to 199, putting serious pressure on the limited spaces at the two relief camps.
He said investigations conducted by the state government revealed that they were expelled from Benin Republic where they had lived for over 10 years.