Beggars lay siege to Sanwo-Olu’s office, lament harassment

Beggars Sanwo-Olu Office

Beggars Sanwo-Olu Office

2/26/2020

Beggars lay siege to Sanwo-Olu’s office, lament harassment

Scene of the protest Samson Folarin Hundreds of beggars on Tuesday laid siege to the entrance of the Lagos State House of Assembly and the Governor’s Office at Alausa, Ikeja, to protest against what they described as undue harassment and arrest of their members by state officials. The beggars, who came in over 10 buses and seven tricycles, barricaded the entrance to the Assembly and demanded that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu address them, saying they would sleep on the road if the governor did not come out. Despite pleas by government officials who informed them that the governor was not around, they refused to back down on their request. The men and women carried placards with different inscriptions, including, ‘Enough is enough, stop the persecution of people with disabilities,’ ‘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 protesters also chanted Allahu Akbar intermittently, as they dared the police to harass them. A spokesperson for the beggars and Coordinator, Physically Challenged Empowerment Initiatives, Mohammed Zanna, said when the group protested at Alausa in 2017, many of their members were arrested and taken to a place at Majidun. He described the place as a prison, saying they were manhandled by government officials. Zanna claimed that without making any provisions for their welfare, government dumped them at Majidun, adding that some of them died in detention. According to him, some of the beggars had purchased tricycles to make a living when the government banned the operators in some parts of the state. He lamented that life had become difficult for them, adding that beggars trekked from bus stops to their destinations and some physically challenged persons among them lacked means of transportation. He noted that on February 7, 2020, his group came with 500 beggars for a peaceful protest to draw the attention of the governor to the challenges facing persons living with disabilities across Lagos State whose livelihoods and mobility had been “undermined by the shocking ban on tricycle riders.” READ ALSO: I wasn’t tried in 1990, says sacked Bayelsa deputy gov-elect “We cannot enter buses because we cannot fight and struggle. We are seeking audience with the governor. Let him tell us what they want to do with us. We need skills and empowerment. We are tired of sitting at home. We are demanding to be skilled. “We do not want to beg on the streets. We have used our own ingenuity and resources to provide alternative livelihoods for ourselves that are more dignified, safer and productive to society. “Yet, in the blink of an eye, this government is willing to destroy all we have built for ourselves and push us back into poverty and life without basic human dignity. “We are ready to work with government to find workable alternatives through appropriate regulation of keke , special permits for people living with disabilities to use our keke for the transportation of our members or real and immediate support for alternative livelihoods through skills training and support for us to start new businesses,” he said. Copyright PUNCH. All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from PUNCH. Contact: DOWNLOAD THE PUNCH NEWS APP NOW ON Receive Alerts on: Read more: The Punch Newspapers

I personally saw this army of people walk the road leading to the government house on Tuesday. Entry questions begging for answers. Obvious issues caused by a lack of vision from government as to what kind of society we must aspire to build for ourselves and those to come... Awon naa mbakan bo And you would be amazed most of them are from the northern part of the country.

These folks are coordinated by someone somewhere. We should not encourage begging as a profession. Let them find something to do to assist the society. They can even peel melon, extract cocoa and many other things and get paid Better to read the article before comment so you don't offend God and humanity . Let govt of Sanwo Olu see to their need , they are human being with right to live life .

There is 30 rice in kano. They should go back home. Beggars sef dey protest. Send them home Most of these guys have employees aswr They should sleep there.

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They should go back to where they come from na shoo? Naa was ooo, can Africans b free? tnk God dey make it easy 4 Mr Governor just pack dem bk 2 north jejely, enough of constituting nuisance Wonder shall never end just send Dem back to Daura state 😀😀😀😀 Can other tribe try this in your territory? ...Thunder fire you people.

Never knew beggars now have association...there is nothing we won't see in this Lagos The beggeer association of Nigeria has threatened the government, to go on strike next week ..(TAB) Those beggers should be sent back to those who produced them ASAP They are just like someone that went to the bush to poo. In observing that the ground is neat. They will be excreting and writing on the floor. If the ground is full of poo they will poo quickly and leave the Bush. Nonsense people. They should go to Kano abeg.

Let them go on strike

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But why are they chanting the same anthem as Boko Haram? This speaks volume. I think there is a grand plot yet unknown to many. Did they ever leave the streets while keke and okada were not banned? Why use the ban as excuse? For these pple to converge there, at same time, same location speak volume. It calls for security concerns.

Beggars will soon form association. This our country self get as e be . With much pity,My suggestion is only ppl with Lagos state birth certificate should be empowered and others should go back to their states.If not Lagos will be flop with beggars. Hia! Shame no dey catch some people oo. Instead of finding work, they want to continue begging

These so-called hausa/Fulani beggars feel Lagos state is there hometown. If the state do not Favour them, then they should return to their respective state. If it were Fashola, they would all be in their various states by now. Lagos state govt already built a destitute's home for them in Majidun, where tax payers money is being used to care for them, but they prefer to remain on the street because they make more money there.

They should also embark on indefinite strike psyche😏 The funny thing here is that most of them are from the north (Buhari's brothers). How can Buhari do well in governance when he cannot take care of his people? They should be send back to their States pls Let commissioner of beggars come out to address them biko 🙄🙄

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They should be taken to destitute's home where they will be well cared for. Street begging should be discouraged! Kano just banned Almajiris, sure those kids will soon flood other states. If these men insists they have to be on the street, then they should be picked up. Nothing Garuba no go see for gate...

All man get stake for no mans land...🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃 Madness taken to far. Like street begging is now fundamental human right or what? I urge jidesanwoolu not to succumb to dis cheap blackmail. U beg on d street, blackmail pedestrians with unsolicited prayers & all sorts of emotional blackmail, now u want to make it legit

Beggars are banned by the Kano government recently, while jidesanwoolu is still here watching them constituting nuisance in his state, they don't add to the state welfare instead they Tanish the megacity status with their influxes everywhere in Lagos. Ban them ForAGreaterLagos This government doesn't care for the physically challenged at all😟😟

They should do this in Kano not here in Lagos All this northern beggars again, I think northerners seems fearless irrespective of their status and this is why we should fear them. They are untouchable take it or leave it . Hmmm hmmm Are beggars paying tax in Lagos? 🤣😂🙆🏾‍♂️😳 while they are banned in kano. Welcome to a new LAGOS. in for something extraordinary if immediate actions are not taken to arrest the situation

StackPaththis people should go back to their state and take their demand to their Governors.

I wonder I they are demanding to be allowed to continue begging or for the government to create jobs or enabling communities for them. Being Nigerians tho... They Lagos government should collect their details and send them to their local government in their various state. The worse part is they keep giving birth while still begging.

I never knew was/is a beggar association. But why this profession? The beggars strike 🤔 'The beggars, who came in over 10 buses and seven tricycles, barricaded the entrance to the Assembly and demanded that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu address them' No audio nonsense, straight up demands. equal right, we are all human and at the same time nigerians. Individual first before nationality.

Can they go to kano as well and lay siege to gov of their state of origin who has banned/criminalised begging? This beggars believe!!!!!! What audacity!!! Na wa ooo! Beggars self get level in Lagos State. Waiting Musa no go see for gate. Now jidesanwooIu would claim this is the reason for banning bike and keke 😩

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