Insecurity: Oyo Govt to evacuate beggars from streets
BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Government has ordered the evacuation of beggars out of all the major streets in and across the 33 Local Government Areas of the state with immediate effect.
The state Inter-Religious /Inter Ethnic Committee, dropped this hint during a press briefing in Ibadan by one of its members, Alhaji Kunle Sanni at the end of the committee’s meeting presided over by the Oyo state Deputy Governor, Otunba Moses Adeyemo.
According to the committee, Oyo State Government is to commence immediate evacuation of beggars from all major streets across the state as part of measures to curtail possible influx of Boko Haram members and other criminally minded people into the state under the guise of being a beggar. “Beggars should be taken off the streets of major cities as that violates the accepted norms and religious beliefs in the society”.
Parts of the communique reads “Proactive measures should be taken on the issue of Fulani herdsmen and should not be limited to farmers/ Fulani-Bororo in the State. The committee viewed with great concern the rising incidence of rape and kidnapping in the state and that we stand by the government in whatever measure taken to check mate the crises via the state. A multidimensional approach should be applied by the government, looking at the relevant sociological perspectives to analyze the menace of beggars in Nigerian cities”.
Alhaji Sanni pointed out that having understood that begging contradicts the teachings of Islam, the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai banned street begging and this has resulted to the influx of beggars into Oyo state.
The meeting was attended by representatives of ethnic and religious groups including Alhaji Kunle Sanni (Muslim), Bishop Kehinde Stephen (Christian), Chief Fayemi Fakayode (Indigenous Faith) and Muktar Lukman (Hausa).