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FCTA arrests 217 street beggars



FCTA arrests 217 street beggars

The Social Development Secretariat of the FCT administration, SDS, on Friday arrested 217 defaulters in Abuja for begging in the streets.

This even though the secretariat declared zero tolerance against the poor, child abuse, street begging and all forms of activities that constitute environmental nuisances in the territory.

Sani Rabe, acting director of social welfare services for the SDS, made the statement when he led a team of security agencies and an evacuation team to arrest beggars and the poor in the city center.

The execution team arrested and evacuated beggars and indigent people in Gwarinpa, Galadimawa Junction, Maitama, around the National Mosque and downtown.

He revealed that more than 217 street beggars and needy people were arrested by the enforcement team within three days of renewed efforts to rid the city of environmental nuisances and other social vices.

Mr. Rabe gave assurances that the operation would continue until the city was freed from beggars and the destitute.

He called on religious leaders to educate the public on the implications of begging.

“We have arrested many beggars with a large sum of money with them, but some of them are sick, malnourished and don’t even take care of themselves because they leave in a very dirty environment.

“We registered at the rehabilitation center of the FCT Bwari regional council, where we organized rehabilitation and vocational training for beggars and the poor.

“In particular, there is a lady (beggar) that we arrested with N 675,000 in cash, some of the naira notes that have been kept for a long time look very dirty. I kept the video recording as proof, ”he said.

Mr. Rabe, who condemned the begging in its entirety, said there were people who were in business and providing their families with less than 50,000 naira credit.

He vowed that the FCTA would step up efforts to subject arrested beggars to a change of attitude to make them understand that having a desperate spirit does not help an individual and society.

The director, while noting that beggars were pests and a burden on society, reiterated the SDS’s determination to change their minds to enable them to become useful to themselves and to society.

Earlier, Haliru Shu’aibu, director of finance and administration of Abuja National Mosque, said Islam does not support begging and assured the management of the mosque of its full support for eradication beggars of the territory.

“The leadership of the Abuja National Mosque has asked all imams in the mosque to announce every day that begging is not allowed in the religious center.

“It is known that the mosque has an empowerment program for widows and those who have genuine reasons to be helped and empowered,” he said.


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