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Lagos State Sends 30 Beggars To Kirikiri Prison For Begging Alms

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The-beggars.39 beggars in Lagos State were on Monday February 4, brought before the Special Offences Court in Alausa, Ikeja for soliciting alms.

The government said the beggars constituted public nuisance and the suit against the beggars was a renewed drive in the war against begging in the state, adding that any beggar found on the streets of Lagos would be prosecuted.

The 39 beggars who were the second set to appear in court in three days (another set of 13 beggars had been arraigned on Friday) pleaded guilty to the offences and were consequently remanded in Kirikiri and Badagry Prisons.

Three of the beggars were sentenced to 72 hours community service or fines of N5,000 each, while 10 others were sentenced to three months imprisonment or fines of N10,000 each.

The remaining ones were sentenced to 72 hours community service without the option of fine.

The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Ade Ipaye, was the prosecutor in the case. He was represented by a lawyer in the ministry on Monday.

According to reports, their charge sheet claimed the beggars were parading themselves as disorderly persons without viable means of livelihood, thereby committing an offence under the criminal law of Lagos State.

They were also accused of conducting themselves in a manner likely to cause breach of peace as well as for receiving unauthorized levy from persons and thus committed offence punishable under the law on illegal collection of dues in public places.

Nine of the remanded beggars were then taken to the state Rehabilitation Home, Majidun, Ikorodu as a result of their disabilities.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Youth and Social Development,  Dolapo Badru, said the government decided to commence the prosecution of beggars because it had exhausted all avenues to take them off the road.

Badru said, “We have rehabilitated a large number of them, but some of them do not want to be rehabilitated and they don’t want to work. They feel more comfortable preying on people with superstitious beliefs.

“Some people believe that if they are unlucky in certain cases, what they need to do is to give alms to beggars so that their fortune can change.

“A lot of beggars now prey on these people’s superstitious beliefs to get money from them. Many of them pretend to be blind or crippled. They make more money than many employed people.”

Badru added that the cosmopolitan nature of Lagos had made it possible for beggars to beg for alms and make much money in the process.

He said, “We tried to make some of them learn trade, but they don’t want to work. Some of them don’t want to use the skill we taught them to work. They prefer to be on the road because they make more money.

“Even at our rehabilitation homes, there is over-crowding, so we re-unite some of them with their families. For now, people rescued from the street more than once are prosecuted.”

Source: YNaija

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  1. Jonah Ifendu on Facebook

    February 5, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Hahahahahaha, The begger’s strike

  2. Peter Maurice Dickson on Facebook

    February 5, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    the prince and the pauper. we always had beggars from time immemorial.

  3. Oluwaseun Adebola Ayantola on Facebook

    February 5, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Ave dey sentences dose dat thief national moni 2 kirikiri? And dey sentence begger 2 3mnth in prison or fine of 10k. Allah ya yiza

  4. Emile Johnson BornChelsea Agosu on Facebook

    February 5, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Rubbish,y cant they be send to their home town bcos i hate anytin prison or jail

  5. Faith Eziefula on Facebook

    February 5, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    God wil surely deal wit dis pple. Lagosians r tired of 1 problem or d oda . U can imagine sentencin beggers in prison. Wat about dos highly criminals in power? Dat y dis country is full of currupt leaders. God is watchin u pple n wil deal wit u dis year. Bcos dis is d hight. Foolish politicians….

  6. Dennis Ogieva on Facebook

    February 5, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Dis is really bad on d part of d govt,how can he send those beggers to prison.He should provide a center 4 dem or make a provision 4 dem,he should have a rethink,they are begger 4 christ sake.dat’s stupidity.

  7. Udeme Johnson on Facebook

    February 5, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    why humiliating the less previledge

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    February 5, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    How much did court charged a #23b thief? When would they be satisfied in spoiling Nigeria?

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    February 5, 2013 at 8:05 pm

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  12. NICK

    February 5, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Gov Fashola, SAN is at it again. First it was the over 1million Okada workers/youths of all ethnic groups, next will be over 2million street hawkers mainly kids of yoruba/ibos; then 5million unemployed/unemployable men and women who pose as, beggars, politicians, thugs, kidnappers, armed robbers, pastors, preachers etc. Just leave them alone in the spirit of true Democracy as along as they are registered at ward level and carry along residency ID cards – registration fee – N1000=/yr.

  13. goddy

    February 6, 2013 at 4:13 am

    The truth is Mr Fashola have no regard for ordinary Lagosian. I thank God I just got my transfer out of Lagos now making more money $ spending far less. In spite of the tax Lagosians are paying nothg to show for it. God been God Fashola yet unborn generation must be poor except there’s no God. I know there’s God $ He will do. Islam has no regard for humans they’re terrorist Fashola is terrorising Lagosians

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    February 6, 2013 at 12:33 pm

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  15. MUSA ABDULAFEEZ OLAIDE MAJOR

    February 6, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    It’s well known that we are not equal, it was said in the holy Qur’an to help the less prevelege peoples.Before you can prosecute them you should try to know the nature of their problems. Some are not happy found themselve in that situation(beggins).
    The Prophet (SAW) said: “If you come across the beggar in a gorgeus dress you should give him what you capable to give out or say the soft words to please him/her if you have nothing.Becouse you don’t no his problem.”
    Truely some are buse this opportunity.

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Otedola took to his Instagram page on Sunday to commiserate with the families of those who lost their lives in the unfortunate incident.

Sharing a photo of the Nigerian flag, he wrote;

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Daniel revealed his brother was stabbed on the neck by thugs who infiltrated and ransacked their home.

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Good day, My name is Obi-Enadhuze Daniel younger brother of the now deceased Okechukwu Obi-Enadhuze @O_Okee . I, my brother and mother lived at makinde police barracks, mafoluku, Oshodi, Lagos State.

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