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Monday, February 4, 2013

Lagos State Government Sends 30 Beggars to Prison

The Special Offences Court in Alausa area of Ikeja has sent 30 beggars to Kirikiri and Badagry Prisons for soliciting for alms and other offences.

They were charged to court for constituting nuisance in public by begging for alms.

The government says it is no longer going to be business as usual for the beggars as offenders will be prosecuted. Some of the count charges against the beggars included conducting themselves as disorderly persons without visible means of livelihood and thus committed an offence under the criminal law of Lagos State.

The beggars, 39 in number pleaded guilty to the offences and were consequently sent to Kirikiri and Badagry Prisons for one month pending when the final judgment would be delivered by the judge. Nine of them, as a result of their disabilities were rejected by prison officials and were taken to the Lagos State Rehabilitation Home, Majidun, Ikorodu on the outskirts of Lagos.

13 comments:

  1. Shame on the Nigerian government,Shame on our corrupt leaders.Sending poor beggars to prison while the real thieves are out there! This one na insult upon injury

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    1. Nigerian govt is very selfish and mean!!! Sending beggars to prison? Fashola what job do you have for them to do if they don't beg,its not fair oooooo. God is watching you oo plus you are just making the already miserable prison more miserable fr d inmates,overcrowding is bound to happen

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  2. Ah! 2 beg 4 dia daily bread is nw α crime??? God have mercy

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    1. No disability allowance or any state benefit, yet u send them to prison.
      hope robbery will decrease.

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  3. This is so sad! I don't know what else to say.

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  4. Hmmmmmmmmmm.....

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  5. Hehehehehe some of dem wan enter d prison sef!

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  6. nigeria dumb country, if they don't ask for money how will they eat, when there is no program in place to help them.... f))k up county

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  7. This Fashola sef. He too do. Send cripple go prison...who does that! If them get money to chop,dem go dey beg?

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  8. But the truth is, dey r sure of food. Which is y they beg. Even tho' I heard that dese beggars r rich men in dia villages. But now they have somewhere to sleep, n also sure of breakfast dis morning. No matter how horrible d food might seem.

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  9. I support this move partially,let them be out of our roads,other than been nuisance in our faces on a daily basis. However, prison is not the best option, re-habilitation centers shld b created
    Things I still look forward to in Lagos; 1. State Police 2. Constant electricity 3.Better Transport systems 4.Quick attention to dangling poles,hazardious pot holes 5. Banning crappy TAXIs frm operating in Lagos state(onli 2005 model cars upward shld be permitted to operate in Lagos, all othr crappy 'cab' shld be used as 'cabbu cabbu' to replace Okada roots).
    God bless my home town Lagos. God bless Fashola!

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  10. I know for a fact that these beggers were sent to rehabilitation centers in the past, where they were fed, sheltered, taught a trade, after which they would be given money to start a business.

    Guess what? They all fled the place. Because the income they got from begging was far more enormous.

    Beggers on the streets is an eyesore in any Urban setting.

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