About 226 street beggars have been arrested by the Kano State Hisbah Board for allegedly violating the law banning street begging along the major streets of the state capital.
Of the 226 beggars arrested, 119 of them were children, who engaged in begging in places like traffic junctions and restaurants, and 107 adults (both male and female).
The officer in charge of the Anti-begging Unit of the board, Malam Musa Sangaya, disclosed this in Kano on Wednesday.
Sangaya said the board arrested the 226 street beggars around Bata, Naibawa, Nassarawa hospital and Yankaba areas for violating the law banning street begging in Kano metropolis.
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. The remaining according to him are 120 are from neighbouring Cameroon and Niger, among others.
Sangaya said six of them had been taken to court, while others who were first offenders, were taken to their various local government areas.
Meanwhile, in Lagos state, a 36-year-old woman identified as Ayo Okegbero was on Wednesday arraigned before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly using her children as beggars on the streets.
An unemployed Okegbero, who resides at Ojota, Lagos, is being tried for causing the breach of peace, by forcing two of her children to act as beggars on the streets.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Simeon Inuoha, told the court that the offence was committed on Nov. 22 at Maryland, Lagos.
The Okegbero children who are eight and ten years old and did not go to school, were apprehended by the police on patrol, and they confessed that it was their mother that told them to be begging.
Prosecutor Inuoha said the offence contravened Section 166 (d) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. B. O. Osunsanmi, granted the accused a N50,000 bail, with two sureties in like sum, and adjourned the case to February 20 for mention.