El-Rufai goes after street beggars, okada riders in Kaduna


The Kaduna Security Council has announced the commencement of the restrictions on begging, street hawking and usage of motorcycles for commercial transport in the state’s metropolis and other urban centres.

El-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna state.

Samuel Aruwan, the spokesperson of Governor Nasir El-Rufai, said in a statement made available to journalists that credible reports at the disposal of security agencies have made it necessary “to begin vigorous enforcement of the laws against street begging, hawking and the illegal business of motorcycle taxis, and safeguard lives and property.”

He said the Kaduna state Security Council statement said it had given sufficient notice to persons that may be affected by the implementation of these decisions.

“Law enforcement agencies have been directed to begin enforcement of the restrictions against begging, street hawking and ‘okadas/achabas’ in Kaduna town and other cities in the state.

“The directive is with immediate effect and is based oncogent security concerns and the need to uphold law and order in the state.

“Citizens are urged to cooperate with the security agencies as they enforce the relevant laws. The directive is clear.

“No motorcycle is allowed to carry any passenger.Beggars and hawkers are also reminded by this notice to leave the streets, please,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, the Security Council has commended the vast majority of residents of the state for maintaining peace and harmony.


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