Rivers deports 150 beggars to Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi, Niger

The Rivers State Government has evacuated 150 vagrants to Ebonyi, Akwa Ibom, some states in the north, Niger Republic and some local government areas of the state.

This follows a directive by Governor Nyesom Wike on Monday ordering the ministry to deport vagrants and Almajiris to their states.

Mrs Inime Aguma, the state Commissioner for Social Welfare, Tuesday led other officials of the ministry to profile all the vagrants before they were evacuated to their states and local government areas of origin.

Aguma said the evacuation exercise is a non-discriminatory programme aimed at protecting Rivers people, especially from the coronavirus pandemic.

She said that the exercise is not targeted at any ethnic group, but aimed at removing vagrants who may circulate coronavirus from the streets.

The Commissioner explained that the right arrangements have been put in place to ensure that the vagrants are transported to their respective locations in dignity.