… urges residents to stop giving beggars alms
By Muhammad Abdullahi
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has cleared a 48-year-old Ibrahim Hadiza, a street beggar caught with five hundred thousand naira and one hundred dollars notes, of any involvement into drugs peddling, arms dealing, kidnapping or otherwise, as the money in her possession, was accumulated overtime.
In particular, the FCT Administration revealed that preliminary security profiling of Hadiza, who was caught in the act at a junction along Ademola Adetokunbo Crescent, in Wuse II, Abuja, clearly established that she was not into such nefarious acts.
This revelation was against the backdrop of mixed reactions trailing the controversial arrest of Hadiza by officials of Social Development Secretariat (SDS), barely two after.
Briefing newsmen on the issue, yesterday the Acting Director, Social Welfare Services of the SDS, Malam Sani Amar, said as part of its profiling, the Police personnel attached to its enforcement team, were given time to play their role, and it was clearly established that she is not into such nefarious acts.
Amar said: “Within our little knowledge and experience in discharging our duty, with the assistance of security personnel attached to us, we understand that Hadiza was not into any criminal activities.
“And if you look at the money found in possession, it was accumulated overtime. And the profiling we did on her, and we gave the Police in our team, time to play their role, and they did what they can, and it was clearly established that she is not into such nefarious acts.
“She was so wise to have selected the areas of her own begging business, where she realises huge money daily”.
According to him, Hadiza, who hails from Zaria, in Kaduna State is one of the die-hard beggars that had been severally apprehended by the secretariat’s taskforce from the streets in highbrow areas.
He added that from their assessment within a decade that they have been apprehending the notorious beggar, she seems to be socially deformed not mentally, even as he described her as an “economical saboteur’’.
The FCTA official however, appealed to the public to stop giving alms to beggars on the streets and junctions , as it what is encouraging them, thereby causing environmental nuisances in the nation’s capital city.
“You can imagine somebody dishing out one hundred dollars as alms to a beggar, not knowing that such person have more than that amount with he or her. Won’t the beggar return to the same location?
” We have established colonies and settlements of real people who are in dire need of such support either cash or kind. So, I want to solicit that anybody who wish to give such alms or support, should please carry out such do such people in dire need or you can go directly and give them.
” Civil servants, private business operators and what have you, if you what to give alms or assistance of any kind, look around you, there are people in dire need of help, reach out to them, you will be blessed”, he stressed.
The beggar, while responding to questions from journalists, who witnessed the return of the said money to her, said prior to her taking to street begging more than a decade ago, she was into clothes trading, which was forced to abandoned due to increasing rate of bad debt.
Explaining how she accumulated the huge sum, she said it was from her savings through N2,000,00 daily contribution, facilitated with whatever she realises from her begging on the streets.