Niger State government on Thursday, banned all forms of street begging, citing insecurity as the reason for the action.
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Mohammed Idris, Commissioner of Information, who disclosed this at a news conference in Minna, said the decision was approved during the weekly Executive Council meeting.
He said the executive decision on street begging takes effect from March 5, noting that credible reports from security agencies prompted the state government to begin vigorous enforcement of the law on street begging.
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“This is because security challenges in the state is on the rise, therefore putting a ban on street begging will help mitigate and address the security challenges,” he said.
Idris noted that the effort is to safeguard lives and property of the residents, adding that modalities have been put in place to prosecute defaulters.
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He added that adult beggars, and parents of children seen begging will be prosecuted.