Lagos warns against street begging

The Lagos State Government has reconfirm that the ban on street begging, particularly the use of minors for alms on the streets of Lagos, is still in place.

This followed the report of the woman arrested in the Herbert Macaulay area of Ebute-Metta for indulging in the habit of using different babies for alms taking.

The Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Olusegun Dawodu, according to a statement, said the case was brought before the Yaba Magistrates’ Court V, where the woman was sentenced to two months’ imprisonment without an option of fine.

Dawodu added that the children would be taken to the juvenile welfare centre for placement through the Ministry of Youth and Social Development for two months.

Speaking further, the commissioner lamented the increasing rate of using minors to beg for alms in different parts of the state, saying the act would not be condoned because it did not befit the status of the state.

He said, “This act is not only an indication of child abuse but it is a clear violation of the fundamental rights of our children as enshrined in Lagos State Child Rights Law 2015, which the state government will continue to implement to the letter.

“The ban against begging of alms is still very much in force, as anyone caught contravening the law would be dealt with accordingly.”

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