- The Kano state has arrested 489 people for street begging
- The beggars were arrested around France road, Dangi junction, Lugard road, Murtala Mohammed way and Magwan junction
- Out of the 489 beggars, 314 were adults, both male and female, while 175 were children
The Kano state Hisbah Board said it had arrested 489 beggars in February and March for allegedly violating the law banning street begging in the state.
Malam Musa Tsangaya, head of the Anti-begging Unit of the board, said in Kano that 192 of those arrested were children while 228 were adults.
“Our men arrested the street beggars around France road, Dangi junction, Lugard road, Murtala Mohammed way and Magwan junction violating the law banning street begging in Kano metropolis.
“Out of the 489 beggars, 314 were adults, both male and female, while 175 were children who engaged in begging by the road side and in the premises of major businesses,” Tsangaya said.
He stated that 300 of the arrested beggars hailed from Kano city, while 237 were from Jigawa, Katsina and Kaduna.
According to him, the remaining nine are from Cameroon and Niger Republic.
Tsangaya said some of them had been charged to court, while four of them suffer mental disorder.
The issue of street begging has been a huge problem in the Northern part of the country.
NAIJ.com recently reported that the Sokoto state Government decried the increasing incidence of street begging in spite of many intervention schemes to assist the less-privileged members of the society.
Alhaji Mani Katami, the state commissioner for Religious Affairs said that the preponderance of street begging was a concern to the state government.
”It is highly regrettable that street beggars had virtually taken over major streets, road intersections, markets, private and public offices.
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