Thursday, 20 March 2014

Kano deports beggars to Jigawa, Katsina, Kaduna

The Kano State Government has sent 33 beggars to their states of origin as part of efforts to enforce the law banning street begging in the state. Director-General of the State Hisba Board, Dr. Abba Sufi, said in Kano that the repatriation commenced yesterday.
Governor Rabi’u Kwankwaso signed the Street Begging Prohibition Bill into law on December 19, 2013.

Sufi disclosed that the board had prosecuted one beggar in one of the Sharia courts for refusing to stop begging.
He said the affected person was sentenced to three months imprisonment with an option of N10,000 fine.

Sufi said the affected beggars were arrested last week by the committee set up by the government to enforce the law.
He said 10 of the affected beggars were from Jigawa, 15 from Katsina, while the remaining eight were from Kaduna.

“They are now on their way to these states and will be handed over to the respective secretaries to the state government, SSGs, on arrival,” he said.
According to him, seven mentally-deranged persons have also been taken to Dorayi Psychiatric Hospital for proper care and treatment.

“They will be treated and taken care of until they recover and become mentally sound,” he added.

He restated the commitment of the state government towards ensuring effective enforcement of the law.
The state government recently launched empowerment programme for the less-privileged and physically-challenged persons in the state.

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