MEN of the Kano State Police Command have arrested a senior commander of the state’s Hisbah board religious militia after he was caught with a married woman in a hotel in defiance of the strict Sharia code he is employed to enforce.
There are currently 12 states across northern Nigeria that practise the strict Sharia code of pure Islam which prohibits men and women interacting unless they are a married couple or members of the same family. Zamfara State was the first to introduce Sharia laws in 1999 and in 2000 Kano State passed by-laws introducing the strict code.
Kano State has been one of the most rigorous when it comes to enforcing Sharia laws in Nigeria as it has a well funded Hisbah board and an army of operatives who police the state. According to Freedom Radio Kano, this Hisbah official was arrested in the Sabon Gari area of the city.
He is said to be in charge of arresting beggars and prostitutes in Kano metro area. Following his arrest, this Hisbah commander was taken into custody after the husband of the woman with whom he allegedly had an affair filed a complaint.
Muhammed Haruna, the Kano State Hisbah commander, described the incident as unfortunate, adding that a two-man committee has been set up to investigate the matter. Hisbah officers regularly arrest unmarried people caught in hotels, presumably for sexual activities as part of their enforcement of the Sharia.
Established to enforce Sharia, Hisbah recently banned stylish haircuts, sagging trousers and the playing of music at social events by disk jockeys across Kano State. It also recently seized tricycles from riders for adorning them with pictures considered to be obscene and against the tenets of Islam.
Hisbah also banned commercial motorcycle and tricycle riders from carrying two women at a time. This was in addition to other unusual directives reeled out by the Islamic police which among other things prohibit the consumption of alcohol.