- The Lagos state government has removed no less than 1,680 beggars and mentally challenged persons from the state in the last one year
- The commissioner for youth and social development, Agboola Dabiri, made this disclosure
- He said that 162 children were rescued from the streets in the same period
No less than 1,680 beggars and mentally challenged persons have been removed from the streets of Lagos by the state government in the last one year.
This was disclosed on Wednesday, April 25, by the commissioner for youth and social development, Agboola Dabiri, who stated that about 162 children were taken off the streets in the same period, Punch reports.
The commissioner, who said that 1,299 of the destitute persons had been rehabilitated and reunited with their families, stated this at a press conference to mark the third anniversary of Governor Akinwunmi.
He said that of the 162 children rescued, 62 were males while 100 were females, adding that 79 abandoned children were found in Lagos.
According to him, 15 girls were sexually abused; 28 other girls were physically abused, while 32 others were placed on care and shelter.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Kano state Hisbah Board arrested 1,429 beggars for violating the law banning street begging, between January and August, according to Malam Dahiru Muhammed, an official of the board.
Muhammed, who is specifically attached to the board’s Anti-Begging Unit, said this on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Kano.
He said that 420 of those arrested were children, while 1,009 were adults.
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