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Meet The King Of Beggars Who Has 5 Houses, A Transport Company And A Pure Water Business (photos)

Meet The King Of Beggars Who Has 5 Houses, A Transport Company And A Sachet Water Business

Alhaji Umar Dikko is not the regular day to day beggar you see in the streets of Lagos begging for alms from public spirited Nigerians who take pity on their conditions and hand out stipend to them.

Alhaji Umar may be a beggar but he is a beggar with a difference as he is not only the Sarkin Maroka (King of Beggars) in the Ajegunle area of the state but has also carved a niche for himself as one of the richest beggars in Nigeria.

Though physically challenged, Alhaji Umar, is a wealthy man in every sense of the word, with four wives and 18 children to boast of, a thriving transportation business, a sachet water factory and five houses he built in his home state of Kano

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He said:

"I began to save my money and after two years, I was able to buy a second hand bus which I gave to someone to use for commercial purposes.

From the proceeds, I was able to buy another bus and that was how my transportation business started. Today, I have a thriving transportation business with over 20 buses plying Lagos, Kano, Abuja, Kaduna, Jos and other some other northern states.

Sometime later, I went to Kano and built a house which I rented out to people. But I did not stop begging as I now saw it as a lucrative business. After my first house, I built four other houses with three of them given out for rent while the other two are for my family.

I later got married to my first wife who helped me in managing my business. Over the years, I have expanded my transport business and two years ago, I set up my sachet water business which is also doing very well.

I have also gone on Hajj about three times. I have four wives and 18 children who are doing very well because I am taking good care of them all.

They are not ashamed that their father and husband is a beggar because they know it was from the proceeds of begging that they are enjoying today.

I was made the Sarkin Maroka (King of Beggars) of Ajegunle five years ago and my major duty is to mediate over the affairs of beggars in the area, settle their disputes and also look after their welfare."


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