Hisbah: Why we arrest average citizen, leave rich, powerful who break law in Kano

Hisbah: Why we arrest average citizen, leave rich, powerful who break law in Kano

The Kano Hisbah Board, also known as the Islamic police has explained why it treats the rich and the poor differently while enforcing some of its rules.

This was disclosed by a director of the Islamic police, Aliyu Kibiya.

Kibiya spoke when he featured on a Freedom Radio programme on Sunday, August 29. According to Kibiya, it is against the tenets of Islam to publicly criticise a leader.

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He said, “Although we call on everybody in the society to do the right thing; we make the call on a case by case basis.

“It is against the tenets of Islam to mount the podium and call out leaders. There are ways to caution a leader without criticising him in public.”

Hisbah had recently come under intense pressure to act on some pictures of the daughter of the Emir of Bichi; who recently got married to President Muhammadu Buhari’s only son.

A video of the wedding party shows Nigerian singer, Mayorkun singing; with some of the party attendees spotting Afro, Mohawk, or any of the hairstyles Kano State Hisbah has labelled as “unIslamic”; as well as an insult to Islam.

Ironically, Hisbah has been notorious for shaving the heads of poor northerners with same Afro; Mohawk, and other hairstyles termed as “unIslamic” by the Islamic police.

Also, secular songs which Hisbah vhas ehemently frowned upon were played at the party; with young northern men and women dancing to them.

All these have attracted punishments from Kano Hisbah, in cases where poor Nigerians were involved.

Similarly, in February, a barber from Benue State, Elijah Ode, was arrested by Kano Hisbah in the Sabongari area of the state for giving his customers haircuts said to have offended the Islamic faith.

Specifically, two of Ode’s customers were also tortured for having such “offensive” haircuts. Subsequently, the religious police force reportedly arraigned Ode and had him remanded.

Recently, after it was knocked by the public for being silent on the photographs of the bridal shower of Buhari’s daughter-in-law, Hisbah responded by prohibiting the sharing of the bridal shower photographs.


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