by Kolapo Olapoju
55 people have been arrested and convicted for alcohol consumption in Kano state, according to the Kano State Hisba Board.
The Director-General of the board, Alhaji Abba Sufi, speaking to journalists in Kano said that the convicts were arrested last week when their hideouts were raided.
“All the 55 persons were sentenced to four months imprisonment without option of fine in order to serve as deterrent to others who might contemplate doing same. From those arrested, 50 of them are married men while the remaining five are women. Even if we are not in the month of Ramadan, nobody should take alcohol because the state is implementing Sharia law,” Sufi said.
He added that the board has arrested another 27 people who will soon be charged to the court for the same offence.
Sufi also pledged that the Hisba board would continue to raid more hideouts of alcohol consumers with a view to arresting offenders for prosecution.
The Kano State Hisba board also known as the ‘Sharia police’ is responsible for arresting and prosecuting offenders of alcohol consumption, begging, and prostitution among several other petty crimes in Kano.