56-year-old Kehinde Olatubosun, has been arrested by the Lagos State Command of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) for begging using Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) prescription sheets under the pretense of suffering from an ailment and could not afford the drugs prescribed by doctors.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Joe Offor, who paraded the suspects at the command’s headquarters in Lagos, confirmed the arrests.
Olatubosun who was arrested on Friday night along with 18 others at a joint at Ipodo, Ikeja by the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) after a stolen phone was traced to the joint confessed that he makes at least N300,000 monthly from begging under the pretense of being ill.
He said he makes N10,000 daily but makes more on weekends.
“Every day, I make over N10,000 daily doing corporate begging. All days of the week, I am always at Mobolaji Bank Anthony roundabout, Toyin Street roundabout and Opebi. At times, I collaborate with beggars. I am always there, seven days a week. I make more money on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. I make more than N10, 000 on weekends”.
“What I do is that I get LASUTH drug prescription papers from their waste bin. With this in my hand, I convince motorists, passengers and passers-by that I have a relative who is in need of money to buy drugs and I show them the prescription papers”.
The suspect said this is what he has been doing for the past 12 years since he was deported from Germany for possessing drugs.
“I was in Germany for 12 years before I was deported. This is what I have been doing since I was deported from Germany in 2004. Before the deportation, I was working as Electrical Engineer in Bauhusa, Cologne, Germany. I was in possession of drugs when I was arrested in Germany, so they deported me. I have four children. Two are in Germany with my wife. One is in Texas in the United States and another in Nigeria. Unfortunately, all the money I make from this begging goes into drugs.
“As I speak with you, I am not on drugs, but I am experiencing withdrawal symptoms. That is the effect of not taking drugs for some time. I was at Ipodo drug joint, Ikeja, when I was arrested. I was on drugs. I have never been arrested for any offence before. I am praying that RRS releases me. I promise I will not go back to drugs again. Where I live presently was given to me by my in-law.”