98 beggars who broke the law banning street begging in Kano metropolis, were arrested by 2.15 a.m today in different parts of the city, including Bompai, Lodge Road and Yankaba Motor Park, by the Kano State Hisbah Police.
The Kano State Hisbah Board in it’s statement disclosed that the most of the beggars are from Bauchi, Katsina, Gombe and Yobe States, and 68 of the arrested suspects were street urchins (almajiris) aged between nine and 17.
Malam Dahiru Nuhu, the Officer in charge of the board’s anti-begging unit who urged the beggars to do better things with their lives, disclosed that arrested beggars who are not from Kano would be repatriated to their states. He further revealed that the arrested beggars from Kano state, will be properly screened, counseled and thereafter released since they are first timers who violated the law banning street begging in the state which attracts a minimum of three months jail term.
In 2016, the Kano State Hisbah Board arrested 226 beggars for allegedly violating the law banning street begging, along the major streets of the state capital. The officer in charge of the Anti-begging Unit of the board, Malam Musa Sangaya, in Kano said that 119 of the 226 beggars were children, while 107 were adult.
He said, “Our men arrested 226 street beggars around Bata, Naibawa, Nassarawa hospital and Yankaba areas for violating the law banning street begging in Kano metropolis.
“Out of the 226 beggars, 107 are adult (both male and female), while 119 are children who engaged in begging in places like traffic junctions and restaurants.”
He stated that 98 of the arrested beggars hail from Kano city, while eight are from Bichi, Rano and Gezawa local government areas of the state. According to him, the remaining 120 are from neighbouring Cameroon and Niger, among others. Sangaya disclosed that six of the arrested beggars, were taken to court while the others who were first offenders, were taken to their various local government areas.