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General News of Friday, 2 April 2021


Beggars protest against low patronage in Oyo

More than 250 beggars in Ibadan hit the streets in protest against low patronage from the public following recent rumors that rich men usually ‘buy’ money from them for fetish purposes.

Imam Abubakar Abdullahi, Serikin Hausawa of Hausawa Community, who is the spokesperson for the beggars said the rumors have instigated deep hatred from the public towards them.

He that the set of persons who ask beggars to help them with smaller denominations of the naira are traders, hawkers and commercial bus drivers.

Abdullahi said: “The reports that some wealthy people are buying money from beggars, including physically challenged people for money rituals is not true.

“As a result of the claim that some ritualists do buy money from these beggars, there has been public resentment against these innocent people.

“What we know is that traders, hawkers and commercial drivers do come to these beggars who are mainly blind and lame people, to change money (get smaller denominations).

“We need to clear our names so that people will not be punishing us for offences we don’t know anything about.”

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