Sharia Police arrests 508 beggars in Kano

Sharia Police arrests 508 beggars in Kano

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 3:40 pm

Beggars in Kano on a protest to the House of Assembly two years ago. Photo: InformationNigeria

No fewer than 508 beggars were arrested by the Kano State Hisbah Board between January and June for allegedly violating the law banning street begging.

Malam Dahiru Nuhu of the board’s Anti-Begging Unit told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Kano that 238 of those arrested were children while 270 were adults.

He said that the suspects were arrested at  Dan Agundibo road, Hotoro Junction, Lodge road, Kwari, Katsina road and Wapa areas, all in  Kano metropolis.

Nuhu said that preliminary investigation revealed that 130 of them were indigenes of Kano while 363 were from Borno, Jigawa, Kaduna, Katsina and Niger States.

The official also confirmed that 15 of them were Chadians.

He disclosed that the board  freed first offenders and those suffering from mental disorder.

Nuhu said that those from neighbouring states were taken to their respective local government areas.

He, however, urged people to shun begging and learn to engage in  productive ventures to improve  their lives.

Violation of the law banning street begging in the state attracts a minimum of three months jail term.

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