A fake beggar, identified as Abdullahi Abbas, who was arrested in Ikorodu area of Lagos State yesterday, told a mob that he makes between N5,500 and N8,000 on a daily basis.
The 37 year old Abdullahi, usually disguises as a visually impaired beggar, led by a 12-year-old boy (names withheld) begging for alms at First Gate and Odogunyan area of Ikorodu.
Vanguard however reports that the duo got unlucky as a curious female resident, Adeoye Baliks, who engaged the pair in a conversation, discovered their lies.
Abdullahi and his companion were said to be well patronised in the axis until the curious resident raised the alarm.
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According to an eyewitness account, both were said to have confessed they take home between N5,500 and N8,000 daily, depending on the patronage.
Reports have it that after several beatings, Abdulahi was said to have confessed he belonged to a team of beggars originated from Oyo, who faked visual impairment and operate in areas like Ikorodu, Oshodi, Iyana-ipaja and Abule-Egba.
A resident, simply identified as David Oyesile, said both were found with a bag containing an undisclosed amount of money and it was learned that a substance was usually rubbed on Abdulahi’s face as he uses a walking stick, led by the teenager.
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The incident attracted a large crowd, who almost resulted to jungle justice but for the timely arrival of a local vigilante team in Ikorodu, who prevented a mob action and handed over the pair to Police at Sagamu Road Division.