Ban on Begging: Kano Arrested 500 Beggars
The Kano state government says it has arrested 500 beggars on charges of violating the state’s street begging law.
State Commissioner for Women and Social Development, Dr. Zahrau Muhammad-Umar, made a revelation Friday repatriating beggars in Kano.
Muhammad-Umar said beggars were arrested in the metropolis of Kano with 70% of women and children and 30% of men.
“Among those arrested were women, children, men and residents of Almajir. Children don’t go to school and they don’t have good food, ”he said.
The decision to arrest street beggars is to protect their future and make Kano and Nigeria a better place for everyone, she said.
“We noticed that bad behavior is mostly found in the poor.
“We will continue to arrest them to ensure sanity and to clear the streets of all forms of crime,” he said.
Muhammad-Umar explained that a 70-year-old woman was also arrested with cigarettes and matches found on her.
“This type of woman can ruin the behavior of our children and society in general.
“Street begging affects the lives of our children, especially when you hire Almajiris to work in your home,” she said.
He praised Governor Abdullahi Ganduja for supporting the ministry to empower the poor.
“We wrote down their names, local governments, phone numbers and repatriated them to different homes and states until they get permission.
“With respect to these repatriated beggars to neighboring states, the head of the department will write a letter of consent, and anyone arrested a second time will be charged in court,” he said.
The commissioner said the ministry will soon begin evacuating street vendors, especially girls selling on the streets.
He encouraged residents of the state, especially women, to take care of their children so that they would be good citizens.
“As long as I remain Commissioner, I will ensure that Kano does not beg from the street,” he said.
He also said that the ministry will also visit Islamic schools and repatriate Almajiri to their homes and neighboring states, especially those who go out to ask for food.
“Since then, the government has met with Tsangai teachers to prevent their students from wandering the streets to others in order to deal with persistent begging problems,” he said.
Source: – Daily Trust