Nabahani Usman, the Assistant Commander of the Kano State Hisbah Board, has said the law banning the sale, consumption and possession of alcoholic substances is binding on all persons in the state, irrespective of whether a resident is a Muslim or Christian.
Speaking in an interview on Monday, Usman, however, admitted that the areas dominated by Christians are not usually disturbed by operatives of the Hisbah board.
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According to the Hisbah boss, section 100 of the 1999 constitution (as amended) empowers states of the federation to enact laws that will suit their purpose and interest.
He insisted that the Kano law is not selective in its application with regards to the religion of any resident, stating that it must be adhered to so far as the person resides in the state.
“Kano State Penal code 2004 prohibits the sale and distribution of all alcoholic substances in the state. If you are found to be selling, consuming, or dealing in any alcoholic substances in Kano, irrespective of who you are, you are affected by the law, so whether the person is a Muslim or a Christian, as long as you are in Kano, you are affected by the law. If I go to Anambra and there is a law in place, I have to comply with it,” Usman told SaharaReporters.
Noting that the population of non-Muslims in Kano are over one million, Usman, however, noted that the board has warned its operatives not to go and enforce the law in areas populated by non-Muslims in order not to generate controversy in the state.
He, however, warned that such banned products cannot be brought into or consumed in other parts of the state.
“If you go to Sabon Gari, they buy and drink whatever they want and nobody disturbs them at all. It’s a different state up there.
“In Kano, (along) Igbo Road, Hausa Road, Yoruba Road, you cannot count the number of beer (sellers) in those places and it is sold openly but we don’t disturb them. Go at night, you will see so many people enjoying themselves, drinking. In fact, we warned our men not to go to Sabon Gari to arrest beer dealers; they should not go there to arrest.
“We know our Christian brothers and sisters are there and we don’t want to disturb or create anything that will generate disturbance in the state,” he said.