Police Begin Arrest Of Street Beggars In Maiduguri

Street Beggars, Police, MaiduguriOperatives of the Borno State Police Command have begun to arrest street beggars in Maiduguri, the state’s capital.

The action follows a directive by the Commissioner of Police, Damian Chukwu, that beggars be kept off major streets across Borno State in northeast Nigeria.

The influx of beggars and hawkers, who are mostly women and children, has been a major concern to motorists as the beggars accost them at stop lights, especially around the popular CP junction.

The CP junction is one of the busiest in Maiduguri at any time of the day, as it links Damboa road, GRA, Open Air Theatre and Post Office areas to other parts of the city.

Target For Suicide Attacks

The spokesman for the police, Mr Victor Isuku, disclosed that more men have been deployed to the area from the GRA division to enforce the CP’s order.

“The Commissioner of Police envisage that the beggars are not only a nuisance but also constitute risk as suicide bombers can easily pose as beggars and blow up in the traffic.” Isuku stated.

Meanwhile, operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps have also been deployed to the area in addition to the traffic wardens originally on the beat.

Independent investigations revealed that the increased security presence was as a result of recent intelligence information which indicated that the CP junction was a target for suicide attacks.

Security operatives arrested a suicide bomber on December 26, 2016 after a foiled mission in a cattle market in Maiduguri.

The suspect confessed that other suicide bombers had already infiltrated the town.

Ortom Orders Arrest Of Bailout Fund Thieves

BenueThe Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has directed the Police to arrest the three culprit involved in the misappropriation of the bailout funds at the local government level.

Governor Ortom made the callĀ at the 2015 Praise Night held at the Open Air Theatre of the Aminu Isah Kontagora Complex on Sunday, while speaking on the need for NigeriansĀ to embrace God and shun all forms of illegality and criminality.

He disclosed that the screening of local government staff details has revealed that an individual has been drawing salaries for 160 persons after inserting their names into the payment voucher.

The Governor also educated the congregation about the disbursement of the 28.5 billion Naira bailout funds.

He asked the Christians to work together in restoring the core values of honesty, discipline and holiness while, urging the Church to uphold him in prayers.