Kwara police intercept 200 Lagos-bound Almajirai

Police in  Kwara State on Saturday intercepted  about 200 youths suspected to be Almajirai  (street children)  from Katsina State attempting to travel through   the state  to Lagos.

The  lorry with registration number Kaduna MKA 54 XL conveying the youths was  intercepted at  Kanbi/Oloru in the  Moro Local Government Area of the state.

Spokesman for the police in the state, Ajayi Okasanmi,  confirmed the incident.

According to Okasanmi, the youths claimed that they took off from Funtua in Katsina State and were heading to Lagos.

He  said, “The Kwara State Police Command, acting on intelligence, intercepted a lorry with registration number Kaduna MKA 54 XL driven by one Shehu Hashim of Manigi in Niger State conveying about 200 suspected Almajirai at Kanbi/Oloru area of  the Bode Sadu-Okoolowo  Expressway.

“On interrogation, they were said be coming from Funtua in Katsina State.”

He  said  the state Commissioner of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, ordered the return of the youths to Katsina.

He said, “On the instructions of the  CP, the lorry and the 200 Almajirai were escorted by fully armed policemen to the border of Niger and Kwara State from where they will return to Katsina State they claimed they came from.”

He appealed to the public, especially those leaving in border areas to always volunteer information on vehicles plying illegal routes.

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