Hundreds of beggars in Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria, today stormed the Lagos State Government Secretariat and the House of Assembly to protest what they call undue harassment and plans to ban their activities by the state government.
The beggars carried placards and chanted Islamic songs and blocked the main entrance to the government secretariat while there was traffic gridlock as they prevented motorists from entering the secretariat.
They later moved to the state House of Assembly where they converged and sang solidarity songs.
Spokesperson of the beggars, Zakariwa Hassan said government had been arresting them and putting them in congested detention centre where they, sleep, urinate and excrete in the same place.
He stated that many of their members had been detained at the Lagos State Rehabilitation Centre, Majidun in Ikorodu and treated badly.