About 250 beggars in Ibadan, Oyo State, protested on Thursday against low patronage by members of the public, following a recent rumour that some rich men usually ‘buy’ money from them for fetish purposes.
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Vanguard reports that Abubakar Abdullahi, spokesperson for the destitute and Serikin Hausawa community in Oja’ba area of the town, said the development has created deep hatred for his people.
“The reports that some wealthy people are buying money from beggars, including the physically-challenged people, for money rituals is not true.
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“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.
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“We need to clear our names so that people will not be punishing us for offences we don’t know anything about,” he said.