Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has outlawed begging in the territory and warned beggars to stay clear of the streets to avoid arrest and prosecution.
The FCTA, in a statement signed by Special Assistant, Media, to FCT Minister, Mr. Nosike Ogbuenyi, weekend, said: “The FCT Administration wishes to inform the general public that all forms of begging are still outlawed in the entire FCT.
“Begging by any person or group of people, be they young, old, sick or healthy are forbidden on the streets, roads, neighbourhoods, motor-parks, junctions and other places in the FCT.
“We are calling on all residents not to do anything whatsoever to support or promote these unlawful acts.
“The FCT Administration through its Social Development Secretariat and other related organs has intensified its activities towards apprehending all those who are engaging in such illegal acts.
“While the two religions of Islam and Christianity support charity and assistance to the needy, such must be done through lawful channels and not by people standing or loitering on the streets to solicit for monetary or material favour.”