Kano gov’t deports 1,500 Almajiris back home, Katsina with highest number
The Kano State Government on Friday said it has arrested and repatriated over 1,500 Almajiris back to their states and countries of origin, following a ban on street begging in the state.
The spokesperson of Hisbah, (the state’s moral police) Lawan Fagge, told Premium Times that those arrested were repatriated to their states which includes: Katsina, Zamfara, Kebbi, Borno and Yobe states.
The official said Katsina has the highest numbers of the repatriated almajiris while Jigawa State has the least.
Among the arrested almajiris, about 70 per cent are children from the ages of seven and twelve, the official said.
Mr Fagge said others are from Kano, Adamawa and neighboring countries of Chad and Niger Republic, adding that following the ban, some parents voluntarily withdrew their children from the streets.