In part of efforts to curtail street begging, Kano State Hisbah Board has apprehended 931 street beggars in the last two weeks.
Commander General of the Board, Sheikh Dr. Haruna Muhammadu Sani Ibn Sina made told Journalists in Kano state that three of them tested positive to HIV/AIDS, while a large number of the underaged females were pregnant.
Sheikh Ibn Sina explained that among those arrested is an old woman found with a huge amount of money.
He said most of the beggars were arrested on major roads, under bridges, markets, railway station and other locations within the metropolitan local government areas.
Sheikh Ibn Sina said 536 females and 279 males have been reunited with their families, while 63 are still in their custody.
On the issue of beggars who reappear on the streets after being evacuated, Sheikh Ibn Sina said those found guilty would be prosecuted as Islam prohibits begging.
He decried the rising cases of underage children, engaged in drug trafficking and other societal vices, and that the board had arrested 132 young men and women at different recreational centres in the city.
Sheikh Ibn Sina reaffirmed the state government’s readiness to curtail societal vices and urged parents and guardians to complement government’s effort by inculcating good moral upbringing in their children.
Reporting by Khadija Aliyu; Editing by Chinasa Ossai & Annabel Nwachukwu