150 Beggars Apprehended In FCT Over Insecurity
Written by Emmanuel Okorie on May 11, 2021
Following the insecurity in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has apprehended over 150 beggars.
This, the administration said, is part of its renewed commitment to rid the Federal Capital City (FCC) of nuisance to enhance security in the territory.
Residents of Abuja have been living in fear due to kidnapping incidents that have been happening even across the country.
Security operatives have been battling unrest especially with the rumor of a truck load of bandits that were reported to have invaded the city from a neighboring state.
Chairman, FCTA Ministerial Taskforce on City Sanitation, Mr. Ihkaro Attah, disclosed this on Tuesday while briefing reporters after combined operations with other relevant agencies.
The agencies involved in the operation are; the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) and Social Development Secretariat (SDS).
Attah said that the FCTA authority observed with dismay the alarming rate of beggars in the city throughout the Ramadan period due to high levels of arms giving and charity by individual and corporate organizations.
He said: “In the last two days over 150 beggars have been apprehended across the city and more arrests are still going on.”
Attah explained that those apprehended were taken to the Bwari Area Council Center for Rehabilitation, adding that FCT have a functional rehabilitation and training centre for such persons.
“Sadly, very few of them stay there and get full rehabilitation, while many others find their way to run and sometimes they request to be allowed to go back to their states.
“But what is very fundamental and cardinal: some of these persons are being brought by other persons into the FCT. You will see young people guarding blind aged men, we felt that is not what the city should be
“We also felt for them that is why the FCTA is investing resources to train them. However, we are targeting very strongly the syndicate that always brings them into Abuja in large numbers from states across the country.
“We realized that the syndicate dropped them at strategic positions in town to make money for them. FCT is going all out to get them and ensure that they are prosecuted”, he added.
On his part, Head of Monitoring and Inspection, (AEPB), Mr. Kaka Bello said begging was nuisance related, adding that AEPB was determined to rid the city of all kinds of environmental nuisance.
He explained that the activities of beggars was a kind of nuisance that was supposed to be abated, assuring that the operation would be sustained.
Bello said: “We have a matching order by the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello to ensure that the movement of beggars within the city is check and stop.
“That is why we are working all round both day and night to ensure that no beggar is allowed to move in the city.