- The Kwara state police command has intercepted a truck carrying about 200 suspected almajiris
- The police disclosed that the truck was conveying the travellers from Funtua in Katsina state
- Ajayi Okasanmi, the spokesperson for the command, said the vehicle was driven by one Sheu Hashim of Manigi from Niger state
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A truck carrying about 200 suspected almajiris was on Saturday, May 9, intercepted by the Kwara state police command.
The police disclosed that the truck with registration number, Kaduna MKA 54 XL, was conveying the passengers from Funtua in Katsina state, The Tribune reports.
Ajayi Okasanmi, the spokesperson for the command said the policemen acting on intelligence, intercepted the truck along the Kanbi/Oloru axis of Bode Sadu-Okoolowo expressway.
He disclosed that the vehicle was driven by one Sheu Hashim of Manigi from Niger state.
Okasanmi said the suspected almajiris were escorted to the border town of Niger state where they would return to Katsina state.
Since the coronavirus outbreak, many state governments have been sending almajiris back to their respective states.
Recently, about 150 travellers including almajiri children were intercepted by security operatives along the Abuja- Kaduna road.
The travellers were attempting to move into Kaduna state from the Federal Capital Territory, (Abuja) and Nyanya in Nasarawa state.
This was disclosed by the commissioner for Human Resources and Social Development in the state, Hafsat Baba, Channels TV reports.
The commissioner added that other almajiris were also intercepted in Soba and Giwa Local Government Areas of the state.
Out of the 150, 90 are from Kano state, while the others are from Nasarawa and Birinin Gwari local government in Kaduna.
In another incident, over 100 almajiris were intercepted by officials of the Abia state homeland security on Tuesday, May 5 on the Abia-Enugu border, and sent back to their respective states.
Abia state commissioner for information, Chief John Okiyi-Kalu, disclosed this during a recent interview.
According to him, the almajiris were turned back as a result of the border closure in the state.
The security team led by the commissioner for homeland security, Prince Dan Okoli intercepted the almajiris at the border between Abia and Enugu state on the Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway. They were said to have been hidden in a food truck.
Meanwhile, the federal government has raised an eyebrow against the continuous repatriation of kid beggars popularly known as almajiris, saying it is a violation of guidelines issued by President Muhammadu Buhari on inter-state movement ban amidst coronavirus crisis.
Speaking during the presidential task force briefing on Covid-19 on Monday, May 4, Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), said the government will engage the states on the process for the repatriation of almajiris, Daily Trust reports.
Legit.ng recalls that since coronavirus took a graver turn in the north, many state governments have been sending the urchins back to their respective states.
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