489 panhandlers arrested in Kano State
The arrests were made by the Kano State Hisbah Board around February and March 2017.
This is according to Malam Musa Tsangaya, the Head of the board's Anti-begging Unit who made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Amongst the offenders, 192 of those arrested were children while 228 were adults, report says.
The remaining nine are reportedly foreigners from Cameroon and Niger Republic respectively.
“Our men arrested the street beggars around France Road, Dangi Junction, Lugard Road, Murtala Mohammed Way and Magwan Junction violating the law banning street begging in Kano metropolis," Tsangaya confirmed.
According to more reports, some of the infringers have been charged to court, while four others are dealing with a deplorable mental condition.
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