Kwara lawmakers raise alarm over influx of beggars into Ilorin

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Lawmakers in the Kwara State House of Assembly, on Tuesday, raised an alarm over the influx of street beggars and the destitute into the Ilorin metropolis describing it as a security threat to the state.

A resolution read by the Speaker, Engr Yakubu Danladi Salihu, urged the state government to direct the security agencies in the state to work in synergy to bring the situation under control.

The resolution also urged the public to be active participants in the security of lives and properties by promptly reporting suspicious movements and activities within their environments to the security agencies.

Leading the debate, Hon Awodiji Omotayo Felix (Irepodun), who moved the motion, enjoined the state government to ensure immediate relocation of the street beggars and destitute in Ilorin to guard against insecurity in the state.

Awodiji who is the Chairman of the House Committee on Lands, Housing and Urban Development, alleged that some of the beggars involve in peddling drugs because no attention has been paid to their unwholesome practice.

The lawmaker, who described the influx of beggars into the state as a time bomb, cautioned that they could turn out to be agents of insurgents if quick action is not taken on the matter.

He disclosed that criminals have turned the beggars’ colony to hideouts to perpetuate their devilish acts.

Awodiji noted that among the people begging for alms, serious crimes were being committed such that some of them are involved in drug peddling because they know that they will not attract the attention of security agents.

Kwara lawmakers raise alarm over influx of beggars into Ilorin

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