Nollywood actress Tonto Dikeh has voiced her concern at the treatment of a fake beggar that was uncovered in Ebonyi state.
The beggar has been posing as an accident victim and was begging for money when a kind observer offered to help. He refused help and upon further scrutiny it was discovered that his alleged injuries were just a cover up.
He was roundly abused and beaten.
The video of the incident made it to popular blogs and on the official Instagram page of the Linda Ikeji blog it was also featured. The comments were divided as to the treatment meted out on the man, most notably from Tonto Dikeh who said that it was pure wickedness.
She said: “BUT WHY BEAT HIM.. WE ARE JUST ANIMALS IN THIS COUNTRY, HAND HIM OVER TO THE POLICE..2WEEKS AGO A VIDEO OF SAME THING BUT ON AN AMERICA BEGGER SURFACED, THE VIDEO CREW NEVER BEAT HER NOR TOUCH HER..THEY ONLY USED THEIR POWER OF THE PRESS TO EXPOSE HER.. IF YOUR GOVERNMENT Provided Jobs would this Old man be Deceiving people to Feed himself??? THINGS LIKE THIS MAKE ME SAY ” I MUST BE A LEADER SOMEDAY AND CHANGE SHIT”
She wasn’t the only one with this opinion with some people in the comments stating that this was just his own way of surviving: “They should leave him alone🤔 that’s his own FORMAT STRATEGY. Every man is trying to survive…. nigeria 🇳🇬 too hard to survive…. buhari come worsen everything 😫”
Another stated that for someone to lie about injuries to beg for money to survive then the person must have reached a point of no return and that beating isn’t the answer: “For a normal person to fake begging,it means he or she really has nothing. Is it better to become a robber or ritualist or abductor. Please dey should free him,that’s his only resort. Taking him to station is just to complicate issues. Get him arrested and then what next? Abeg. Where we go show power, strength and intelligence we no show na for matter wey no get head”
The man’s identity is still unknown, but it’s likely we still hear something about this since the news is so viral now.
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