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  • Updated: May 27, 2024

Kwara steps up action against street begging

Kwara steps up action against street begging

Kwara State Government has once again levelled upon tackling Street begging, environmental and social defacement.

Opeyemi Oluwakemi Afolashade, the Commissioner for Social Development, made this known during another evacuation exercise carried out in the Ilorin metropolis.

Taiye Ikupolati, the Commissioner, who was represented by the Director, Rehabilitation, said the exercise was an anticipatory means to tackle the threat that people hiding under the pretext of begging and mentally challenged, could pose to residents and society.

Also, harmful objects such as knives, a dagger and a plier were recovered from one of those evacuated, hiding under the camouflage of being a plumber at the trado-psychiatric, during the exercise.

The culprit was reported to the Ministry and handed over to the police for further investigation and possible prosecution, noting that the aim of the exercise is to create a safe and clean environment for the benefit of all and sundry in Ilorin and its environs.

She also cautioned that anyone caught in the heinous act would face the wrath of the law as there is a law banning any act of street begging.

The evacuation exercise was carried out around the Post Office Roundabout and Afon axis, of Asa Local Government Area of the State, where one beggar was apprehended, while three mentally challenged persons were evacuated to the Ministry’s trado-psychiatric home for proper treatment.

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