The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) task force has arrested over 150 beggars as part of its renewed commitment to rid the Federal Capital City (FCC) of nuisance to ensure the security of lives and property.
Mr Ihkaro Attah, Chairman, FCTA Ministerial Taskforce on City Sanitation, made the disclosure while briefing newsmen after combined operations with other relevant agencies on Tuesday in Abuja.
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Officials of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) and Social Development Secretariat (SDS) were part of the operations.
“In the last two days, over 150 beggars have been apprehended across the city and more arrest is still going on,” Attah said.
He explained that those apprehended were taken to the Bwari Area Council Centre for Rehabilitation, adding that FCT has a functional rehabilitation and training centre for such persons.
“Sadly, very few of them stay there and get full rehabilitation, while many others find their way to run and sometimes they request to be allowed to go back to their states.
“We also felt for them that is why the FCTA is investing resources to train them.
“However, we are targeting very strongly the syndicate that always brings them to Abuja in large numbers from states across the country.
“We realized that the syndicate drops them off at strategic positions in town to make money for them. FCT is going all out to get them and ensure that they are prosecuted,” he added.