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Beggar docked for allegedly assaulting 11-year-old boy

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A 20-year-old beggar, Adamu Audu, who allegedly attacked an 11-year-old boy with a stick, on Friday appeared in an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

The police charged Audu with assault occasioning harm.

The Prosecution Counsel, Insp. Donjour Perezi told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Aug. 4, at No 3, Powerline New Garage, Ojota.

”At at about 2:30 p.m. the complainant, Mrs Ajoke Faroro,  said that the defendant met her in front of her shop at the above mentioned address with her 11-year-old grand son.

“She said that she told the defendant that she does no have any money to give him and told him to go away.

“The little boy also told the defendant to go away. But suddenly, he hit the boy with a big stick ton the head,” he said.

Perezi alleged that the little boy fainted and was taken to the hospital where he was revived and treated for his injuries on the head.

The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of Section 173 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

Nigeria News Agency reports that Section 173 prescribes a three-year jail term for convicted offenders.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Magistrate Bukola Mogaji admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N50, 000 with two sureties in like sum whose addresses must be verified.

Mogaji adjourned the case until Oct. 10 for mention.

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If you must beg, beg govt not individuals, Emir Sanusi tells beggars

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The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, on Saturday called on people who beg for alms or other forms of assistance from individuals and relatives to instead direct their begging to the government.

Nigeria News Agency reports that Sanusi made the call at the National Conference on Alarammomi (Qur’anic Teachers) organised by Centre for Qur’anic Reciters in Nigeria with the theme: “Sanitising Almajirchi In Tune With Today’s Realities”.

He urged parents to stop sending their children to Almajiri schools, stressing that children could study the Qur’an, at there schools and with the teachers in their respective communities.

The emir said that if sending children to such schools become necessary, then parents must send them with all the necessary provisions to ensure their wellbeing and welfare.

According to him, it is wrong for parents to send their children away without proper arrangements and necessary provision, as the children will end up begging for food and alms.

Sanusi, who quoted verses from the Holy Qur’an and Hadith, said whoever begs, would resurrect on the day of judgement without flesh on his face.

He, therefore, urged husbands to see it as God-given duty to feed their wives and children adequately in order for them not to resort to begging for alms and assistance from individuals or relatives.

“Begging is disallowed in Islam and if you must beg for alms beg the government not individuals or relatives.

“It is better for you to cut firewood and sell to earn a living than to beg.

“Those who beg or seek assistance from individuals will be resurrected on the day of judgement without meat/flesh on their faces.

“And if you must beg, then beg the government not individuals or relatives. This is because they should be responsible for the welfare and wellbeing of citizens.

“Individuals, relatives or neighbours can assist you as gestures of kindness and generosity, but that’s not necessary.

“So, those who are saying that begging is not prohibited in Islam are just misleading you,” Sanusi  said.

The emir, therefore, urged government at all levels on social protection programmes in order to check such menaces in society.

“Programmes like cash transfer and many more can assist in tackling these problem. So, we urge the government to sustain the cash transfer programme and come up with many more,” the emir said.

Also speaking, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, corroborated the emir, while noting that no father should send children to Almajiri school without proper and adequate provision for their wellbeing.

“For instance, in Sokoto we built over 100 schools close to Almajiri schools for such to learn at least ABCD and 1234.

“So, we must change the system in order to ensure brighter future for our children,” he said.

Abubakar also urged the participants to take what was said with all seriousness.

Abubakar also urged them to digest the issues discussed in order to come up with ways to sensitising the Almajirchi system.

The sultan said that he would join Sanusi and others in a collaboration with the centre in finding lasting solutions to the problem.

“As leaders, I urge you to critically look into what’s been discussed and later come up with a lasting solution.

“However, your solutions should be channeled to us through your leadership because the number is large, and for that it will not be possible for each and everyone of you to speak,” he said.

In his remarks, Sen. Sani Yeriman-Bakura and former governor of Zamfara state, pointed out that during his eight years as governor in the state, begging by such children was stopped.

“As governments have systems to assist farmers and traders, so we did in area of Almajiri schools.

“Nobody begged during our eight years in office in Zamfara. This is because we ensured that these children were fed adequately and that’s what stopped them begging.

“In fact, at the end of my tenure, we left 150 tonnes of food for such programmes,” he said.

Yariman-Bakura pointed out that if authorities would take their responsibilities seriously, no parent would  be willing to send their children to other places.

On his part, the Jigawa Deputy Gov. Umar Namadi, said the government was doing its best to enroll  all out of school children.

Namadi said the government’s decision to feed pupils from primary four to six under the federal government’s school feeding programme was yielding positive result.

“Jigawa government is doing its best to ensure that all out of school children in the state are enrolled.

“We’re doing this through the school feeding programme, as we feed pupils from primary four to six, while the federal government feeds pupils from primary one to three.

“So, this gesture is seriously taking out such out of school children as it immensely increases enrollment in our schools.

“Also through SUBEB, the government is doing its best to ensure the wellbeing of students of Tsangaya schools in the state.”

He added that the state government had built 400 Islamiyya schools across the state.

According to him, the government will collaborate with relevant stakeholders to sensitise them on proper Almajiri system.

NAN also reports over 1,000 Qur’anic teachers attended the conference held in Manpower Development Institute (MDI), in Dutse, the state capital.

Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Felix Ajide

 

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Kano Hisbah arrests 28 beggars in January

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The Kano State Hisbah Board says it arrested 28 suspected beggars in January in Kano metropolis for violating the law banning street begging in the state.

The is contained in a statement by the Public Relations’ Officer of the Board, Malam Lawan Ibrahim, on Wednesday in Kano.

According to him, the suspects comprise of 13 male, seven female and eight children.

“The beggars were arrested during raids carried out in different parts of the city. The arrests were carried out along State Road and Tarauni,” he said.

Ibrahim said that the suspects were screened, counseled and thereafter released since they were all first-time offenders.

He said street begging has reduced in the state since the board began its operation against the act.

Edited By: Mustapha Lamidi/Ismail Abdulaziz

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Self-reliance: Bauchi beggars turn wheel-chairs to mobile shops

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Some physically-challenged persons in Bauchi have resorted to using their wheel chairs to hawk petty items as against begging for alms as part of efforts to become self-reliant.

Nigeria News Agency Correspondent in Bauchi who came across multiple of such persons on Tuesday  reports that the rear part of their wheel-chair had been re-designed to carry their wares ranging from edible items like biscuits, sweets, yogurts, groundnuts  and kola nuts, to detergents, cooking stoves, perfumes and pomades, among others.

One of such persons,Mr Musa Bala, who sold locally- produced cooking stoves, said he was making brisk business selling each stove at the cost of N1,500.

“I manufacture the local charcoal stove myself and sell same; patronage is fantastic and that has kept me out of the habit of begging.

“I load them at the rear-end of my wheel-chair and move around with same; I visit places that are busy with people, such as markets and petrol filling stations”, he said.

.Another person, Mr Haruna Ibrahim, who sold Air Fresheners and shoe polish creams of various brands along major roads, said the idea of hawking using his wheel-chair, had rekindled hope in life as it had freed him from the embarrassment associated with begging.

According to him, he generates money, not only to cater for himself and family, but also save some for rainy day.

“People encourage me into using my wheel-chair to sell goods and I am now more honourable than I used to be be in the past.

“I appreciate my customers for the encouragement; some times people patronise your wares, not because they needed same, but to appreciate your struggle to become self-reliant,” he said.

Ayuba Yakubu,seller of road signs and fire extinguishers, said that petty trading was better than  begging.

“In the past, I was getting money through begging but sometimes people pass uncomplimentary utterances on you.

” But now, even the facial expression of people when they see you struggling on your own, is quite complimentary”, he said.

other physically-challenged persons interviewed were optimistic that the had abandoned street-begging for good.

“I now give alms to my ‘former colleagues’ and encourage them to be self-reliant; Ialways tell them that once-upon-a-time, I was a beggar like them, but now gives alms”, said Mohammed Bello, seller of car foot mats.

NAN recalled that on Aug.16,2019, a corps member serving in Bauchi, Miss Odinaka Lovelyn, had donated wheel-chairs to 30 street beggars in the state to discourage them from street-begging..

Checks revealed that most of the beneficiaries of the gesture had resorted to using the wheel-chairs to sell wares to earn a living.(NAN)

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Hisbah arrests 10 beggars in September in Kano

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The Kano State Hisbah Board says it arrested 10 suspected beggars in September in Kano metropolis for allegedly violating the law banning street begging in the state.

The is contained in a statement signed and issued to newsmen by the Public Relations’ Officer of the Board, Malam Lawan Ibrahim on Saturday in Kano.

According to him, the suspects comprise of three men and seven women.

“The beggars were arrested during raids carried out in different parts of the city.

“The arrests were carried out along railway and State Road,”he said.

Ibrahim said that the suspects were screened, counseled and thereafter released since they were all first-time offenders.

He said street begging has reduced in the state since the board began its operation against the act.(NAN)

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Kano Hisbah arrests 262 beggars in August

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The Kano State Hisbah Board said it arrested 262 suspected beggars in August in Kano metropolis for allegedly violating the law banning street begging in the state.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Board, Malam Lawan Ibrahim, told a correspondent of  Nigeria News Agency in Kano. that the the number comprised of 175 adults and 87 children.

Ibrahim said that the beggars were arrested during raids carried out in different parts of the city.

He said that arrests were carried out at Ajasa road, Lodge road, Kantin Kwari, Railway, Sabon gari and State road, Railway.

“Out of the 262 beggars, 100 are from Kano, 158 are from Bauchi, Katsina, Sokoto states, Borno and Jigawa while two are from Ghana and two from Niger Republic,” Ibrahim said.

According to the official, three of the beggars were suffering from mental disorder.

He explained that those who were not from Kano would be repatriated to their states.

Ibrahim said that Kano State indigenes among them were properly screened, counselled and thereafter released since they were all first-time offenders.

He pleaded with the beggars to use their hands for productive ventures in order to better their lives.

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Kano Hisbah arrests 27 beggars

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The Kano State Hisbah Board on Thursday said it arrested 27 beggars in Kano metropolis for allegedly violating the law banning street begging in the state.
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the board, Malam Lawan Ibrahim, disclosed this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Kano.
Ibrahim said that the arrests were carried out from 12 a.m to 2 a.m on Thursday at Kano Guest Inn, Sabon Gari, Triumph and Railway areas.
He said those who were arrested comprised 18 male and nine female children between the age of 13 and 19, adding that they were arrested during different raids in the city.
According to him, the board will continue to arrest beggars who refuse to abide by the law which bans street begging and will make sure Kano becomes totally free from begging in the nearest future.
“They were screened and we found out that they were all first time offenders, we invited their parents and relatives to hand them over and warned them to desist from such act,” he said.
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Kano Hisbah arrests 32 beggars

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The Kano State Hisbah Board on Saturday said it arrested 32 beggars in Kano metropolis for allegedly violating the law banning street begging in the state.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the board, Malam Lawan Ibrahim, disclosed this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Kano.

Ibrahim said that the arrests were carried out around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday on Ajasa Road, Lodge Road, Kantin Kwari Market, and Sabon Gari.

He said those who were arrested comprised 16 adults and 16 male children, adding that they were arrested during different raids in the city.

According to him, the board will continue to arrest beggars who refuse to abide by the law which bans street begging and will make sure Kano becomes totally free from begging in the nearest future.

“Those arrested will be screened and first time offenders among them will be granted bail and handed over to their relatives while others will be charged to court,“ he said.

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Kano Hisbah Board apprehends 46 beggars

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The Kano State Hisbah Board says it has arrested 46 suspected beggars in Kano metropolis for allegedly violating the law banning street begging in the state.

Alhaji Lawan Ibrahim the Public Relations’ Officer of the Board disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Kano.

He added that the suspects were apprehended on Thursday afternoon during a special raid carried out between 1p.m and 3 p.m at Audu Bako Secretariat, Oasis Bakery at Taurauni, Magwan road and Iyaka road in the metropolis.

“The number comprises of 32 adults and 14 children.

“The board will properly screen them, counsel and thereafter release them since there are first-time offenders,’’ he said.

reports that on Aug. 28, the board arrested 60 other suspected beggars in Kano metropolis for allegedly violating the law banning street begging in the state.

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Kano Hisbah Board apprehends 60 Beggars

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The Kano State Hisbah Board says it has arrested 60 suspected beggars in Kano metropolis for allegedly violating the law banning street begging in the state.

Alhaji Lawan Ibrahim the Public Relations’ Officer of the Board disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Kano adding that the suspects were apprehended on Tuesday afternoon during a special raid carried out between 2:30p.m and 4:00p.m at club road in the metropolis.

“The number comprises of 54 adults and six female children.

“Out of the 60 beggars that were arrested, 24 who were first time offenders were granted bail and handed over to their relatives, while 36 of them who were caught more than two times would be charged to court,” he said.

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