An association of beggars in Ibadan, protested poor patronage by the public following a recent rumour that some rich men buy money from them for fetish purposes.
About 250 beggars protested about the rumour circulating that they sell money to wealthy men for ritual purposes leading to hatred and low patronage from members of the public.
The report, according to the spokesperson for the destitute, Imam Abubakar Abdullahi, Serikin Hausawa of Hausawa Community, Oja’ba, Ibadan, had created deep hatred for his people.
Abdullahi said: “The reports that some wealthy people are buying money from beggars, including the physically-challenged people, for money rituals is not true.
“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 (get smaller denominations).
“We need to clear our names so that people will not be punishing us for offences we don’t know anything about.”