Abdullahi, 37, who usually disguised 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 was captured.
Unfortunately for the beggar and his accomplices, mother luck ran out on them as a curious female resident, Adeoye Baliks, engaged the pair in a conversation and discovered the ruse. Abdullahi and his aid were said to be well patronised in the axis until the Baliks raised the alarm.
According to an eyewitness, both were said to have confessed they realised between N5,500 and N8,000 daily, depending on the patronage. It was learned that after several beatings, Abdulahi, an indigen of Oyo State confessed that he belonged to a team of beggars, who feigned visual impairment and operate in areas like Ikorodu, Oshodi, Iyana-ipaja and Abule-Egba.
Another 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.
The scene attracted huge crowd, who almost took the law into their hands but all thanks for the timely arrival of a local vigilante team in Ikorodu, Onyabo Vigilante Group, who prevented a mob action and handed over the pair to Police at Sagamu Road Division.