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Hisbah personnel arrest 24 suspects, confiscate 10 cartons of condom



The Hisbah Command in Jigawa says it has arrested 24 suspected commercial sex workers and their customers in a raid conducted in Gwaram Local Government Area of the state.

The commander added that 588 bottles of beer, one jerry can of local beer popular called “Burkutu,” and 10 cartons of condom, were recovered during the raid in Sara village of the Local Government, carried out in collaboration with police personnel.

He said those arrested would be charged to court soon.

He commended the police for their cooperation and advised residents to stop engaging in immoral acts and other vices inimical to the society.

Edited by Mustapha Lamidi

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Pioneer female Kano Hisbah Commander dies at 55 



Mrs Halima Shitu, a pioneer female Hisbah Commander in Kano state, died at the age of 55 on Monday, a family source has said.
Mrs Maimuna Shitu, one of the sisters of the deceased told the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday, that she died after a brief illness in Kano.
“She left behind a husband who is a prominent Islamic Scholar Sheikh Abdulwahab Abdullah and six children to mourn her.
“Her eldest son is Malam Abdullah Abdulwahab, a system analyst at Bayero University Kano,” she said.
Shitu contributed greatly to the development of the Kano Hisbah Command.
She contributed to Islamic scholarship among women in Nigeria and Africa at large, being the Chairperson of Association of Muslim Women in Africa(AMEWA).
She featured in several radio and television programmes targeted at teaching Islam especially during Ramadan fast.

Edited By: Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

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Hisbah arrests woman for polyandry in Kano




The Kano State Hisbah Board has arrested a 37-year-old woman, Hauwa Ali, for allegedly marrying two husbands in Kumbotso Local Government Area of the state.

The board’s Public Relations Officer, Alhaji Lawan Fagge, who confirmed the arrest of the woman in an interview with Nigeria News Agency in Kano on Tuesday, said the suspect was arrested on Monday.

He said the woman was apprehended when her first husband, Bello Ibrahim, 45, who was critically ill and was taken to his village for treatment, reported the case.

“So after waiting for some time she thought he was dead after taking a long period and proceeded to marry the second husband, Bala Abdulsalam, who is 40 years old.

“The first husband of the woman is the father of her six children and they were living in their matrimonial home when she went ahead to marry another man, Bala Abdulsalam, 40 years old who claimed to have paid a dowry of N20,000 to her.

He said Ibrahim, after recovering from the sickness, was brought back to the house only to find out that his wife had married another man.

“The woman at the moment has three or four children for the second husband. She claimed the first husband had divorced her but he denied ever divorcing her,” Fagge said.

He said the case was first reported at the Hisbah office in Kumbotso where it was later transferred to the head office in Kano.

He said as soon as investigation was concluded, the woman would be charged to court.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz

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Sokoto Hisbah records 606 rape cases in 2019



The Commandant, Sokoto State Hisbah Commission, Dr Adamu Kasarawa, said the commission

has recorded 606 rape cases across the state in 2019.

Kasarawa disclosed this in an interview with newsmen on Sunday and decried the rampant cases of sexual assaults in the state.

He said the 2019 figure was up from 296 cases in year 2018, regretting that in January 2020 alone about 31 cases of sexual abuses were recorded.

He said the cases comprised illegal camping of young girls, sexual exploitation and sodomy.

“This issue of rape mostly involved young girls and teenagers between the age of five and 16,” he said.

The commandant explained that the offenders cut across all calibre of people in the society, including politicians, traditional rulers, clerics, businessmen and women.

He attributed the menace to the negative attitude of some parents, adding that the issue of poverty and greed had made sexual exploitation more rampant in the state.

Kasarawa also identified interference with legal processes as one of the major challenges in prosecuting rape cases, stressing the need to tackle favouritism and compromise.

“The politicians are interfering with the legal process to prosecute and pass judgment against them.

“I think anything that has to do with rape, politicians should step aside as issues of interests should not be there,” he said.

Kasawara urged the state government to empower the commission to tackle the menace and other social vices in the state by providing necessary facilities, operation vehicles, modern security gadgets, training of staff and funding.

“Presently, we are just like volunteers, the Commission is owned by the government but no cash backing, that is our serious problem, but we are still trying our best to see that we maintain the services,” he noted.

“By the time Hisbah is empowered and on daily basis prosecute cases of rape in the state, I am very sure people would stop committing that offence.

”When offenders were being punished accordingly, it will serve as deterrent to people, and make them to go back to their senses,” he stressed.

He said the recent effort to establish sexual assault referral centre in Sokoto would boost the struggle and enjoined partners as well as government to ensure that the centre operates opimally.

Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola

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Bauchi Hisbah Command records 11, 851 cases, adjudicates N1.3 b business deals in 3-years



Bauchi Sate Hisbah Command, says it has recorded 11, 851 cases and treated 10, 819 cases between 2015 and 2018.

Ibrahim Musa, Commander of the state command, made the disclosure in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Thursday in Bauchi.

Musa disclosed that 71 cases were successfully prosecuted in the court of law  while 821 pending cases were still under investigations.

He explained that the command had successfully adjudicated in business deals quarrel worth over N1.3 billion involving individuals and groups who defaulted in businesses and other related obligations within the period under review.

Musa noted that the money had been handed over to their rightful owners to ensure justice and fair play to the concerned victims, stressing that justice must be done to both the accused, complainants and society.

He said the command also engaged in mediation and reconciliation of hundreds of marital and family cases as well as resolved reported community disputes to achieve peace and stability in the society.

Musa said the command would not relent in making effort to ensure community policing, promote ethical values and prevent crimes.

The commander lauded the efforts of conventional security agencies including the police, military, Department of State Security Service (DSS), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for their support to the command.

According to him, the command will embark on a joint operation in the 20 local government areas of the state to check social vices and sanction defaulters.

Edited By: Abigael Joshua/Rabiu Sani Ali

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Hisbah arrests man over alleged alcohol smuggling in Jigawa



The Hisbah in Jigawa has arrested a 60-year-old man over alleged smuggling and sale of alcoholic drinks in Kazaure Local Government Area of the state.

Malam Dahiru Ibrahim, the Hisbah Commander in the state, confirmed the arrest to Nigeria News Agency in Dutse on Wednesday.

Ibrahim said the suspect was arrested with 548 bottles of alcoholic drinks in his car suspected to be smuggled from neighboring Kano state.

He explained that the suspect was arrested on Feb. 17, at about 2:30 p.m., in Kanti quarters, Kazaure town.

“On February 2, the Hisbah operatives in Kazaure succeeded in arresting a 60-year-old man smuggling beer in Kazaure.

“He was arrested with 548 bottles of beer in his car suspected to be smuggled from Kano,” he said.

The commander added that the suspect has already been charged to court.

Ibrahim, who emphasized that consumption of beer remains prohibited in all parts of the state, urged residents to obey the law.

NAN recalls that Hisbah had on Feb. 11 arrested 34 suspected commercial sex workers and three men, as well as confiscated 147 bottles of beer during a raid at Gada joint, in Kazaure local government area.

It also arrested 22 suspects and confiscated 349 bottles of beer in Gumel Local Government Area of the state on Feb. 17.

Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Ismail Abdulaziz

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Cleric urges Bauchi Govt. to grant autonomy, upgrade Hisbah Command



Ibrahim Musa, the Commander, Bauchi State Hisbah Command, has urged the state government  to upgrade the command into a full pledge board to enable it enjoy operational autonomy in the discharge of its duties.

Musa made the call in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency   on Tuesday in Bauchi.

He said the call was imperative toward establishing an autonomous Board with statutory law and  powers to arrest as well as execute search warrant on suspects and criminals.

Musa said that the state  government had recently sponsored 8 personnel of the command on a visit to Zamfara and Kano States, to enable them to study and  familiarise themselves with full operational activities of Hisbah command in the states.

According to him, the command will soon embark on a joint operation in the 20 local government areas of the state, to check social vices such as drug abuse, prostitution, sales and consumption of alcohol.

Musa commended Gov. Bala Mohammed for providing an enabling environment for the command to operate with out hindrance.

NAN reports that the Hisbah command has been under the state’s Sharia Commission since inception in the past two decades.

Edited By: Rabiu Sani Ali




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Hisbah arrests 22 suspects, confiscates 349 bottles of beer in Jigawa



Operatives of Hisbah Commission in Jigawa have arrested 22 suspects and confiscated 349 bottles of beer in Gumel Local Government Area of the state.

The Hisbah Commander in the state, Malam Dahiru Ibrahim, disclosed this to Nigeria News Agency in Dutse on Monday.

Dahiru said the suspects were arrested on Sunday at about 7 p.m., during a raid by the operatives in collaboration with the police.

He explained that the suspects, included 13 males and three females.

The commander added that six of the suspects were allegedly selling alcoholic drinks in the area contrary to the law.

He said the suspects have been handed over to the police for further investigation and necessary action.

“Hisbah will not relent in its fight against immoral acts, including consumption of alcohol as it remains prohibited in all parts of the state.

“So residents are advised to desist from engaging in vices and other immoral acts capable of destroying the society,” the commander warned.

NAN recalls that Hisbah operatives had on Feb. 11, arrested 34 suspected prostitutes and three men, and also confiscated 147 bottles of beer during a raid at Gada, in Kazaure Local Government Area.

Edited By: Joseph Edeh/Maharazu Ahmed

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Kano Hisbah arrests 28 beggars in January



The Kano State Hisbah Board says it arrested 28 suspected beggars in January in Kano metropolis for violating the law banning street begging in the state.

The is contained in a statement by the Public Relations’ Officer of the Board, Malam Lawan Ibrahim, on Wednesday in Kano.

According to him, the suspects comprise of 13 male, seven female and eight children.

“The beggars were arrested during raids carried out in different parts of the city. The arrests were carried out along State Road and Tarauni,” he said.

Ibrahim said that the suspects were screened, counseled and thereafter released since they were all first-time offenders.

He said street begging has reduced in the state since the board began its operation against the act.

Edited By: Mustapha Lamidi/Ismail Abdulaziz

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Hisbah confiscates 666 bottles of beer, illicit drugs in Jigawa



The Jigawa Hisbah Command says it has confiscated 666 bottles of beer and 32 packets of illicit drugs in the state. The state’s Hisbah Commander, Malam Ibrahim Dahiru, disclosed this while speaking with the Nigeria News Agency in Dutse on Wednesday. Dahiru said that two persons- a man and a woman suspected to owners of the items were also apprehended. He said the suspects were apprehended after operatives of the command, in collaboration with the police, carried out raid in Kafin-Hausa Local Government Area (LGA) of the state on Jan.18. He explained that during the raid, 666 bottles of beer and 32 packets of suspected illicit drugs were recovered from the residence of the suspects aged 50 and 25. The commander added that the suspects have been handed over to the police for further investigation. Dahiru, who commended the state police command for its cooperation, advised residents to stop engaging in immoral acts and other vices capable of destroying the society. According to him, consumption of alcohol and other illicit drugs remain prohibited in all parts of the state.   Edited by Ali Baba-Inuwa

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