More than 100 beggars have been arrested by the police in Kaduna following an order by the state government banning begging and street hawking in the state.
The ban is part of security measures adopted after a suicide attack in Zaria which claimed 27 lives.
Kaduna State Police command’s spokesman, DSP Zubairu Abubakar told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the arrest followed massive raid on major streets of the state capital.
“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.
The spokesman said police will handover the arrested persons 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.”
Abubakar solicited the cooperation of the general public in fighting crime in the state, and reminded the residents on the need to be vigilant.