Within a space of one year, the Kano State Hisbah Board says it has successfully repatriated 60,822 beggars to their respective states of origin and other countries.
The director-general of the board, Abba Sufi, stated this on Monday in Kano in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
He said the beggars were arrested at different locations within Kano metropolis between 2014 and 2015.
“Some of the beggars were arrested and handed over to the police, while others were taken to court for proper prosecution”, Malam Sufi said.
According to the Hisbah boss, those arrested were made up of 20,348 adult male and female beggars and 10,658 children beggars.
Giving a breakdown of their states of origin, Sufi said 12,310 were from Kano state while 16, 988 were from Katsina, Kaduna, Jigawa and Niger States, while 270 were foreigners.
He was, however, silent on the countries of origin of the 270 foreign beggars.
The D-G added that 22 beggars were handed over to the police, 82 were taken to court while 86, who were found to be suffering from mental disorder, were referred for medical attention.