The FCT Social Development Secretariat, SDS, says the popular Abuja beggar, Hadiza Ibrahim, caught with over 500 thousand naira and $100 has no traces of belonging to a criminal syndicate as being speculated from some quarters .
Briefing newsmen in Abuja,the Acting Director, Social Welfare Services of the SDS, Malam Sani Amar, who told journalists their next line of action over the beggar’s case , said plans were ongoing to give her two months psycho social therapy towards making her fit for repatriation.
He explained that the background checks of the beggar by the Police personnel attached to its enforcement team, revealed that the 48year old street beggar who had been apprehended several times, but refused to yield to advise, just derived pleasure in begging business.
According to Malam Amar, FCT Social Development Secretariat arrested her at Ademola Adetokunbo Crescent in Wuse II, with the sum of N500,000 and a $100 bill found in her possession.
He added that the preliminary security profiling of Hadiza clearly established that she was not into such nefarious acts, as the money in her possession was accumulated overtime.
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.”
Mr Amar hinted that Hadiza Ibrahim the beggar who hails from Zaria, in Kaduna State, would be giving the needed rehabilitation to make her realise the damage she has been doing to herself and the society ,and also educate her on the need to invest the money into business for possible increase and multiplication.
The Director Social Welfare Services while handing over the money to the beggar, appealed to the public to stop giving alms to beggars on the streets and junctions to avoid encouraging more beggars into the streets.
He call on all Nigerians to look around their vicinity and help those with menial jobs whose pays cannot really solve their daily needs.
“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 go directly to beggar’s colony, IDPs, or vulnerable people’s settlement to reach out.
“Civil servants, private business operators and what have you, if you want 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 said.
Receiving the cash, Hadiza Ibrahim the beggar, said she was into clothes trading, but later abandoned the trade due to the debt many were owing.
She also revealed that she was able to accumulate that sum of money from her daily savings of N2,000 contribution from whatever alms realized.
By Remi Johnson