Kaduna stops 160 Almajirai from 13 states, ECOWAS countries

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Officials of the Kaduna State Government Task Force enforcing COVID-19 related regulations have rescued 160 almajirai among them, kids from Republics of Niger, Burkina Faso and Benin.

This revelation was contained in a statement titled, “KSG rescues 160 Almajirai,” by the Special Adviser on Media and Communication to the State Governor, Mr Muyiwa Adekeye, in Kaduna on Friday.

Adekeye said the children were mostly toddlers rescued from different locations that were neither authorised and licensed as schools nor as children homes in the state.

According to him, the locations in which the children were found were operating in violation of regulations that had ordered the closure of all schools since December 2020.

He said keeping the children in unauthorised places was also in contravention of the state Land Use regulations and inconsistent with the policy of repatriating almajirai to their states and local governments.

The governor’s aide said in the latest exercise conducted by the task force, of the 160 children rescued, the state (Kaduna) topped the list with 68 children, followed by Kebbi State with 16 while Kano and Katsina had 15 each.

Others are Nasarawa 12, Zamfara 8, FCT Abuja 2, Sokoto1, Niger 5, Kwara 4, Kogi 2, Oyo 2 while foreign countries such as Republics of Niger, Burkina Faso andBenin had 5, 3, 1 respectively

He said the children were profiled after which they would be repatriated to their states of origin while children from ECOWAS countries would be handed over to officials of Nigerian Immigration Service.

He also disclosed that so far “as part of the implementation of this policy, Kaduna State has received 1,118 children to the state who were relocated from other states.

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