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El-Rufai, Kaduna beggars reach truce

15 July 2015, 12:53

Kaduna - Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State and beggars in the state have reached an understanding on the recent ban on street begging and hawking in Kaduna State, reports The Nation.

The truce was reached following the government’s decision to rehabilitate and train the disabled persons on various skills.

El Rufai, who made this known after visiting the Kaduna State Rehabilitation Centre, said that the interest of a group who think they have the right to beg cannot override the security of over eight million residents of Kaduna State.

Also read: El-Rufai bans street begging, hawking

The government had banned street begging and hawking, following the suicide bomb attack which claimed 25 lives in Zaria last Tuesday.

The measure according to El-Rufai was taken for security reasons.

The beggars took to the streets in protest of the ban and threatened to continue begging because government has not given them an alternative source of livelihood.

They also threatened to sue El Rufai for defamation, for linking them with the Zaria bombing.

Read more at The Nation.

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