Kano Govt. arrests 200 street beggars, almajiris

The Kano State Government says it arrested 200 street beggars and Almajiris for allegedly violating the Law banning street begging in the state.

The Commissioner for Affairs and Social , Dr Zahra’u Muhammad-Umar, the disclosure while repatriating the beggars in Kano on Monday.

According her, following the ban on street begging in the state, the ministry arrested the beggars and almajiris in Kano metropolis with 60 per cent , children and men, and 30 per cent almajiris.

“Some of those arrested sleep under bridge while some on the streets.

of the beggars and almajiris are from Kaduna, Bauchi, Borno and Yobe, among others while only few are from Kano,” the commissioner said.

Muhammad-Umar noted that the decision arrest the street beggars was safeguard their future and make Kano state and Nigeria a better place for all.

“We noticed that because Kano is , that is why they came. It is very dangerous leave them on the streets without knowing their parents, adding that bad behaviour is mostly found among the beggars.

“We will continue to arrest them to ensure sanity and rid the streets of all forms of crimes,” she said.

She explained that those arrested from other would  be repatriated to their on March 16, and would be handed over to their parents.

The commissioner said the state would render some so that the almajiris could go back to school.

Meanwhile, the commissioner said the ministry also rearrested a woman that was given N10,000 empowerment to enable her to be self reliant but continued begging.

“I personally gave her the N10,000 from my hard earned money and she promised to stop street begging. I will make sure she is prosecuted,”.

She urged the government to join hands to look for a way forward to curb street begging and urged the people of the state, especially , to take care of their children to be good citizens.

Muhammad-Umar called  for legislation on prosecution of street beggars.

NAN recalls that the Kano State government on Feb. 5, arrested 500 beggars and repatriated them to their various communities and also empowered 60 beggars with different entrepreneurial skills. (NAN)