Kano - The Kano State Hisba Board on Monday said it had removed 89 destitute persons, including pregnant women, from the premises of a philanthropist in Kano metropolis.
Hisba is the security outfit meant for the implementation of the Sharia law in the state.
The Director-General of the board, Alhaji Abba Sufi, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano that the persons, comprising the aged, spinsters and children, were removed following series of complaints from the residents of Technical Quarters.
He said the people had become a nuisance not only to the philanthropist but to residents of the area.
"About five pregnant women were discovered among them and when we asked for the where about of their husbands, they said they are not married."
According to him, the affected women have turned the premises of the philanthropist into their residential house or permanent abode as their number has continued to increase on daily basis.
"We will not allow such things to continue because Islam does not support and encourage such attitude," he said.
He said the board would soon send the affected persons to their various local government areas or state of origin if they were not from Kano State.
"As soon as the board completes the necessary arrangement, it will transport them to their respective home towns with a view to handing them over to their respective relations," Sufi added.
Some residents of the area urged the board to extend similar exercise to other parts of the state to prevent abuse of young girls begging for alms.