Lagos received the greatest shock on Tuesday as more than one thousand beggars took to street of the mega city to protest over what is called undue harassment and arrest by the state government officials.
The beggars who matched out in their hundreds were seen carrying placards with different inscriptions such as; “Enough is enough, stop the persecution of people with disabilities,” “Save the waterfront, enforced conviction, we demand justice,”If you don’t want to see us begging on the streets, give us skills and empowerment,” “Seeing beggars all over our streets and roads is the failure of the system” and “We are tired of running without legs or eyes, give us skills and empowerment.” demanding justice and immediate response from the State Governor.
The aggrieved beggars blocked the Gate to the Governor’s Office and that of the State House of Assembly with over 10 buses and tricycles that conveyed them to the scene, demanded that they will not leave the spots until the State Governor speaks with them.
Spokesperson of the beggars and Coordinator, Physically Challenged Empowerment Initiatives, PCEI, Mohammed Zanna, said in 2017, they protested in Alausa and refused to leave, but that many of them were arrested and taken to Majidun, which he described as a prison where they were ill-treated and manhandled by government officials.
He maintained that without making provision, government would make laws to arrest the beggars and dumped them at Majidun, as some of them had died in the hospital and in detention.