- At least 1,975,000 bottles of beer worth over N200 million have been seized and destroyed in Kano
- Kano, a state in northern Nigeria, operates Sharia law which forbids the consumption of alcohol
- The deputy governor of Kano state, Nasiru Gawuna, was present when the bottles of beer were destroyed by Kano Hisbah
Kano State Hisbah Board has destroyed 1,975,000 bottles of beer, worth over N200 million, confiscated within Kano metropolis, Daily Trust reported.
The state's governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje was represented by his deputy Nasiru Gawuna during the destruction of the confiscated bottles of beer which took place at Kalebawa in Dawakin Tofa local government area.
Explaining the reason behind the development, the Kano state governor said consumption of alcohol and all other intoxicants that can distort mental capability is forbidden in Islam.
Legit.ng notes that Kano state which operates Sharia Law has banned the consumption of alcohol. Hisbah is the body empowered by the state government to enforce Sharia law.
In his remarks, the commander-general of Kano State Hisbah Board, Sheikh Harun Muhammad Ibn Sina, said the board got a court order to destroy the bottles.
Ibn Sina expressed the appreciation of the support given to the board by the state government. He also gave an assurance that the board would not relent in its fight against immoral acts that are destroying society.
The development has attracted reactions from Nigerians on social media.
Dr Dípò Awójídé, @OgbeniDipo, tweeted:
"What a shame and a mess. But Kano state shares from the money generated from taxes and VAT on alcohol from Lagos, Enugu, Rivers, Delta and other states were alcohol is sold. Until Nigeria is restructured, we are just wasting our time."
Kabeer Husaini, @Kabeeryaro, disagreed with Awójídé:
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"It's only a shame, a mess and loss for people who deal in alcohol. We have state laws, and Kano state forbids alcohol in its state.
"May be those alcohol drinking states should sign a petition to stop sharing their alcohol money with us."
Eze, @Eze_AnaJekwu, tweeted:
"I hope we all open ours eyes to the damaging effects religion has held open us before it's too late. Always have a second thought."
MerLeeQ Knows, @Merleeq_Knows, said:
"It's simple. A state says it's illegal to take or drink alcohol within it bothers, then so be it. I don't know why people make such a simple thing look difficult."
In another report, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) recently spoke on the death sentence passed on a Kano singer, Yahaya Aminu Sharif, who was convicted of blasphemy by a Sharia court.
Adeolu Samuel Adeyemo, the Kano state chairman of CAN said the religious body was not in objection to the ruling because it is according to the position of Islam.
The CAN chairman made the statement when reacting to the verdict of the Sharia court which has generated heated discussion among Nigerians.
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