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COVID-19: 28 almajiris tested positive, 1000 arrested in Kano



28 street children, popularly known as almajiris have tested positive to COVID-19, the Kano government confirmed on Wednesday.

The head of the committee tasked to repatriate almajiris from Kano, Murtala Garo, in a COVID-19 task force briefing at the state house, said the total of 1,146 almajiris were tested in the state.

“Out of the 1,146 almajiris who were tested for COVID-19, 28 of them were tested positive while 311 were diagnosed with other illnesses such as fever, malaria, stomach pain among others,” Mr Garo said.

Recall that the Kano govt set new policy for Almajiri system of education

Speaking further he also stated that over 1,000 almajiris were arrested roaming the streets in Kano metropolis.

“So far we have repatriated 419 Almajiris to Katsina, 524 to Jigawa, 155 to Kaduna, 38 to Bauchi and 36 to Gombe states.”

Also, the head of the committee said Kano received 179 repatriated Almajiris from Adamawa, 220 from Nassarawa, 96 from Gombe, 18 from Katsina, 92 from Kaduna states.

Mr Garo added that, the 723 Almajiris, “who are indigenes of Kano that were brought to the state, have been taken to their parents and they would be integrated to the new schools designed to replace the traditional almajiri education system.”

Yusuf Luka, is a journalist by profession with few years of experience, I am also a graduate of Bingham University. Outside of work, I enjoy hiking with friends, Reading books, and Watching movies. Let's connect on social media.