No fewer than 1000 beggars in Lagos State on Tuesday embarked on a protest to the State House of Assembly and the Governor’s Office.
Bittertruth Media gathered that the protesters are angry over what they called undue harassment and arrest by officials of the state government.
The beggars, who reportedly arrived in over 10 buses and seven tricycles barricaded the entrance to the Assembly and demanded that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu addressed them, saying that they would sleep on the road if the governor did not come out.
The protesters carried various placards including; “Enough is enough, stop the persecution of people with disabilities,” “Save the waterfront, enforce 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.”
The beggars were also chanting ‘Allahu Akbar’ intermittently and dared the police to harass them.
Spokesperson of the beggars and Coordinator, Physically Challenged Empowerment Initiatives, PCEI, Mohammed Zanna, alleged that his members are also affected by the ban on tricycles as some of them had purchased tricycles to do their businesses.