Seven persons to face prosecution as FCTA bursts beggars’ syndicate

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In its efforts to stamp out street begging in the Federal Capital Territory, the FCT Special Task Force on Abuja Environmental Protection has broken a syndicate of suspected suppliers of beggars to strategic locations in Abuja.

The Chairman of the FCT Special Task Force on Abuja Environmental Protection, Squadron, Abdullahi Adamu Monjel (rtd.) made this disclosure on Wednesday while parading
the suspects at the FCDA Police Station at Area 11, Garki I District, Abuja.

The Chairman revealed that the feat was achieved with the close collaboration of security agencies in the Task Team where intelligence sharing is uppermost.

The leader of the suspected syndicate, Baba Gwarma from Kaduna State, said that he was based in Karma-Jiji, a suburb of Abuja, with their leader (Sarki) in the same vicinity.

Monjel further disclosed that he had three personal vehicles for movement of beggars in and around Abuja as well as neigbouring states of Nasarawa, Niger and Kaduna states.

He said that Baba Gwarma had houses that he had rented out and also provided shelter for the beggars in the syndicate in Karma-Jiji.

He stated that the suspect had been arrested more than 50 times in the past, but that this time he would be charged to court for subsequent prosecution.

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