…As Police arrests 51 robbery, other suspects in Borno***
The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje on Tuesday ordered the arrest of street beggers who refused to go to school.
Ganduje gave the order on in Kano during the launch of Basic Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) and distribution of offer of Appointment to 7,500 volunteer teachers at Sani Abacha Stadium.
The Kano State government has a policy of compulsory free basic and secondary education for residents, including the integration of the Islamiyya schools into the secular education system.
“Those children who are begging will be arrested and their parents will be taken to court for allowing their children to be begging instead of attending school.
“This policy of free and compulsory basic and secondary education goes along with it integration of our Almajiri system into the mainstream policy implementation.
“Which suggests that, English and Arithmetic must be included in the Almajiri schools curriculum.
“This would go a long way in giving the kids other type of education and continue acquiring their study of the Holy Qur’an, they would at the same time learn English and Mathematics.
“That will give them an opportunity to continue with their studies to secondary schools and beyond,” he explained.
He said that the 7,500 newly recruited volunteer teachers under the BESDA programme would be posted to Islamiyyah and Almajiri schools, so that schools would be fully integrated under new policy of education.
Ganduje warned that henceforth any Almajiri teacher with such pupils under Almajiri school arrangement must accept the new approach put in place by the state government.
He also added that the government education policy had increase school enrolment from 2.5 million to 3.8 million.
The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, commended the effort of the state government in the education sector, adding that what the state is doing under the new policy was exemplary.
The Chairman of State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr Danlami Hayyo, revealed that apart from construction of new classes and renovation of many, they were able to produce 16,327 3-seater chairs for the schools.
Hayyo also said that the state government has renovated 220 classrooms and built 270.
At the ceremony, the governor also distributed instructional materials worth millions of Naira to schools in the state.
In the meantime, the Borno State Police Command says it has arrested 51 suspects in connection with various offences in the past one month in the state.
The Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), Edet Okon, made the disclosure while parading the suspects on Tuesday in Maiduguri.
Okon disclosed that the suspects were apprehended at different times and locations in February 2020, for various offences such as culpable homicide; robbery, rape, cattle rustling, theft, receiving stolen properties and impersonation.
He listed other offences to include attempt to commit felony; cheating by impersonation, criminal trespass, intimidation and injurious falsehood as well as causing grievous hurt and extortion.
Okon said two of the suspects (name withheld) were arrested on Feb. 9, at Melari in Gubio Local Government Area of the state after engaging in free-for-all fight leading to the death of one person.
He said that two other suspects (name withheld) were arrested for allegedly hitting one person identified as Tela with pistle on the head as a result he died at a hospital.
The police spokesman added two other suspects (name withheld) were arrested on Feb. 6, at Jidari Polo Area of Maiduguri for alleged murder of one, Abdullahi Abubakar.
Okon explained that the suspects stabbed the deceased with a sharp knife on the left eye, neck and abdomen, adding that the victim died at a hospital.
He added that the command also arrested one suspect (name withheld) on Feb 6, for allegedly raping a 14-year-old house help (name withheld) at his residence in Tudun Wada Area of Maiduguri.
“Additionally, the command equally arrested a 40-year-old man (name withheld) at Fori ward in Maiduguri for allegedly having carnal knowledge of a 13-year-old girl (name withheld), while one other suspect (name withheld) was arrested for allegedly raping a 5-year-old girl on Feb. 24.
“The suspects will soon be charged to courts,” he said.
He revealed further that seven suspects were arrested between Feb. 7 and Feb. 10, at different locations for robbery while the Special Anti Robbery squad arrested six suspected cattle rustlers between Feb. 10 and Feb. 12, at Magumeri and Maiduguri Local Government Areas.
Okon said that 12 cows were recovered from the suspects.
“In the same vain, the command arrested 12 suspects sequel to complaints by members of the public for alleged theft of handsets, electric generators and dresses.
“On Feb. 8, the command arrested three suspects (name withheld) for alleged theft of a vehicle in Maiduguri metropolis.
“The command also recovered two stolen vehicles abandoned by car thieves at Galadima Area of Maiduguri within the period under review,” he added.