By Ismail Auwal
Kaduna State Government has embarked on a mass arrest of almijiri students in the state as part of the enforcement process of anti-begging law, beginning from Thursday.
The Chairman of the task force, Major General Yahaya Rimi (rtd), in an interview with Sahelian Times said all the northern states including Kaduna have signed the anti-begging law.
He said, “The law has given us the power to arrest all Almajiris in state and deport them back to their respective states.”
Rimi added that for those that are found to be from other neighboring countries, the task force will hand them over to the Nigerian Immigration.
“The arrest of Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi students is just the beginning. We are going round to all the almajiri schools in the state, and will arrest all the students we find there,” he added.
When asked about indigenous almajiri students, the Chairman said that the governor of the state, Nasir El- Rufa’i, has given them go ahead to take them to their respective local governments and enroll them in primary and secondary schools.