Sharia Police Smash 240,000 Bottles Of Beer In Kano, Promises Further Crackdown

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Police enforcing Islamic law in the city of Kano publicly destroyed some 240,000 bottles of beer on Wednesday, the latest move in a wider crackdown on behaviour deemed “immoral” in the area.

The banned booze had been confiscated from trucks coming into the city in recent weeks, said officials from the Hisbah, the patrol tasked with enforcing the strict Islamic law, known as sharia.

Kano’s Hisbah chief Aminu Daurawa said at the bottle-breaking ceremony he had “the ardent hope this will bring an end to the consumption of such prohibited substances”.

A large bulldozer smashed the bottles to shouts of “Allahu Ahkbar” (God is Great) from supporters outside the Hisbah headquarters in Kano, the largest city in Nigeria’s mainly Muslim north.

Kegs containing more than 8,000 litres of a local alcoholic brew called “burukutu” and 320,000 cigarettes were also destroyed.

“We hope this measure will help restore the tarnished image of Kano,” said Daurawa.

Since September, the Hisbah have launched sweeping crackdowns and made hundreds of arrests in Kano following a state-government directive to cleanse the commercial hub of so-called “immoral” practices.

The 9,000-strong moral police force works alongside the civilian police but also has other duties, including community development work and dispute resolution.

Sharia was reintroduced across northern Nigeria in 2001, but the code has been unevenly applied.

Alcohol is typically easy to find in Kano, including at hotels and bars in neighbourhoods like Sabon Gari, inhabited by the city’s sizeable Christian minority.

But the Hisbah boss vowed that this was set to change.

“We hereby send warning to unrepentant offenders that Hisbah personnel will soon embark on an operation into every nook and corner of (Kano) state to put an end to the sale and consumption of alcohol and all other intoxicants,” Daurawa said.

People accused of engaging in prostitution and homosexual s*x have been among those arrested in the latest crackdown, along with alleged drunks and drug addicts.

Nigeria is divided between a mostly Christian south and a predominately Muslim north. [AFP]

4 COMMENTS

  1. Nonsense, people have their own rights and needs, you can’t force pole to do as u wish
    these psycophants go home n do drugs at night n cum out at day n target Christians all in the name of Sharia….sad

  2. Is onfair, we have freedoom of worship & to leave, nigeria is not a sharia Country, u can’t decied for people for to eat & what not to eat allow people to take what dey think dat is good to dia health.

  3. That iz rubbish, Nigeria iz a mixed country operating under the common law and not the sharia law or the christian law, it iz total bridge of right for them to destroy the alcohol, iz a free country nd we can’t progress as a nation if we keep doin that. South east and south south used to be christians but now they allow muslims without giving them any law. So in Nigeria no matter what sharia law iz not accepted, am not an alcoholic but dat law iz rubbish.

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