- At least 260 crates of alcoholic drinks have been confiscated by the Hisbah board in Bauchi state
- Bauchi, a state in northern Nigeria, operates a Sharia law that forbids the consumption of alcohol
- The permanent commissioner in charge of Hisbah and Sharia implementation made this known on Tuesday, February 2
No fewer than 260 crates of alcoholic drinks have been seized from hotels and nightclubs by the Hisbah department in Bauchi state as part of its effort to enforce the Sharia Islamic code, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Aminu Balarabe, the permanent commissioner in charge of Hisbah and Sharia implementation, made this known while displaying the commodity in Bauchi on Tuesday, February 2.
Explaining the reason behind the development, the commissioner said the sales and consumption of alcoholic drinks are forbidden according to Sharia law implemented in 2003.
He said the only places where sales and consumption of alcoholic drinks are allowed are the military, police barracks, and national parks.
While displaying the confiscated drinks at the premises of the state Sharia commission, the commissioner went on to note that the board would seek a court order to destroy the items
According to Balarabe, 216 crates were confiscated in Misau local government area and 44 in Bauchi Club and some beer parlours located in Dass Park in Bauchi metropolis.
Hisbah destroys beer bottles worth N200m in Kano
Legit.ng recalls that Kano State Hisbah Board destroyed 1,975,000 bottles of beer, worth over N200 million, confiscated within Kano metropolis.
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.
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.
Shehu Sani tells Hisbah to focus on ending killings
In a related development, human rights activist, Shehu Sani, criticised the Kano state Hisbah Board for ordering the suspension of the term Black Friday by retail outlets in the state.
The Hisbah Board also barred a private radio station in Kano from running advertisements using the outlawed phrase.
The Sharia law enforcement agency raised concerns over tagging Friday as black, saying the majority of the inhabitants of Kano state are Muslims that consider Friday as a Holy Day.
The former lawmaker, Sani, described Hisbah’s order against the phrase as nonsensical. He told the officials to focus their attention on the killings and kidnappings in the state.