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IN IKEJA: Beware! Desperate residents now borrow kids to use as beggars

The operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command has announced that its decoy team has arrested seven barons for importing eight physically challenged children into Lagos used for begging on Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja, Lagos Mainland.

According to the RRS, the suspects alongside six of the victims used as beggars were apprehended on Monday, June 4, 2018, along Mobolaji bank Anthony way after almost a week of monitoring by the Decoy Team of the unit. The suspects include: Sanni Isiaku, Abubakar Gahu, Abdullahi Mohammed, Nasiru Yusman, Mato Abdullahi, Nura Idris and Sagiru Ibrahim.

The RRS stated that the physically challenged children found in their possession are: Aminu Kabiru, Yusuph Nasiru, Amina Kabir, and Ayuba Idris.

Speaking during his arrest, one of the suspects, Mato Abdullahi said he ‘borrowed’ the child from her mother. “I borrowed Amina Kabir from her mother who happened to be my sister. I bring her early in the morning to under bridge to beg. She begged while I wait around.

“At the end of the day, we make between N3000 and N4000. Depending on what we made, I remove my own and I hand over the remaining to the lady.”

On how much money he realizes daily, Mato said; “Before, we make between N5000 and N6000. But now, things have changed. We don’t make up to that anymore. A lot of us are here now. Before you get to one car, another set of beggars have gotten there.

“We have other people we settle daily. He is like our overseer. He has his own cut in what everybody makes. He comes through for us whenever there are problems like arrests.”

Another suspect, Abubakar Gahu in his confession said: “I use my son for begging. There are five of them. He is physically challenged. Three others are in school in Agege. The last one is still very young.

“He is the one I use in making the money from begging. While his brothers go to school, I bring him here for begging. It is whatever we raise daily that we use in maintaining the family.”

Commenting on the arrest of the suspects, the RRS said the “arrest was based on intelligence received from one of our social media platforms, indicating that some group of people were importing physically challenged children into Lagos and were using them as beggars.”

Meanwhile, the RRS noted that case has been handed over to the Gender Department of the Lagos State Police Command for further investigation and prosecution.

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