The Kaduna State Police Command has on Thursday, arrested more than 100 beggars and hawkers in Kaduna metropolis following the state government’s outlaw on such activities.
Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Kaduna, the command’s spokesman, DSP Zubairu Abubakar, said that the arrest followed massive raid on major streets of the state capital.
If we recall, the ban on begging and hawking was, on Tuesday, announced by the state government as part of security measures it adopted after a suicide attack in Zaria which claimed 27 lives.
“The ban on street hawking and begging is a state law, ours as law enforcement agency is to make sure it is obeyed. We will do everything humanly possible to ensure that every person adheres to the law,” he said.
According to him, those arrested by the police – hawkers and some physically challenged persons caught begging on the street – will be handed over to the state Enviromental Protection Agency, which will liaise with relevant bodies to transfer them to Kakuri Rehabilitation Centre.
The police spokesman said the command had taken strict measures and deployed its personnel “to raid streets in order to arrest those who violate the order.”