The Kaduna State Government has evacuated over 20,000 almajiris back to their states of origin.
COVID-19: Kaduna evacuates 20,000 almajiris
By our correspondent
Since operation began, the state Commissioner for Human Services and Social Development, Hafsat Baba said the children and adults have since been sent back to 17 states of the Federation since the operations began two weeks ago.
Among the almajiris evacuated were foreigners from Republic of Niger, Baba said.
She said: “So far, we have returned over 20,736 almajiris and adults to 17 states and also those from Niger Republic. But we still have clerics that are hiding these children from the authorities at outskirt of the state.”
The Chairman Tsangaya Schools Association, Sheikh Rabiu Abdullahi called on all clerics operating such Almajiri schools to shutdown, saying other western schools too have been closed due to outbreak of the pandemic.
He said: “This is why we are urging our members to obey the government by sending the children back home for the time being. We pray God will bring an end to this plaque.”