If you a professional beggar, Kano State is a wrong place to ply your trade.

Begging remains an offence in the state and authorities will not spare any offender.

Between January and August this year, the Kano State Hisbah Board arrested 1,429 beggars for violating the law banning street begging.

According to an official of the board, of those arrested, 420 were children, while 1,009 were adults.

He said that the arrests were carried out around Lodge Road, Magwan Junction, Kwari, Katsina Road and Wapa, all in Kano metropolis.

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A further breakdown showed that 860 of them were from Kano city, with 551 coming from Jigawa, Kaduna, Katsina and Niger States, while 18 were from Chad Republic.

He said the board released beggars that were first offenders and those suffering from mental disorder, while others from neighbouring states were taken to their respective local government areas.

Muhammed said the board had concluded plans to train the beggars on various skills acquisition so as to engage them in productive ventures.

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