The Commandant, Kano State Hisbah Board, Dr Haruna Ibn-Sina, said 19 women had been arrested over alleged involvement in immoral acts in Kano metropolis.
The commandant confirmed the arrest in a statement signed by Malam Lawal Ibrahim, Public Relations Officer of the board in Kano on Wednesday.
He said that the suspects were apprehended on Jan. 19, at about 9:00p.m in Nassarawa Park and Green Restaurant while engaging in taking intoxicants along Ahmadu Bello Way.
He said the arrest was based on directives given by the state government on a fresh ban on the activities of viewing and event centres across the state due to spread of COVID-19 cases.
Immoral Acts In Kano
“All the 19 suspects are female and aged above 20 years.
“18 of the suspects are first timers offenders, while the remaining one had once been arrested,” he said.
He advised parents to stop buying big phones for their wards, but train them to be responsible.
According to the statement, those that were first offenders have been handed over to their families with warnings, while the remaining one will be thoroughly advised.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that immoral acts are banned under Sharia law operating in Kano State.
However, the specifics of the immoral acts in Kano were not made known.
The Hisbah has also in the past been in the news for the confiscation of alcoholic beverages a situation that has stirred controversy among some section of the polity with the claim of hypocrisy given the claims that the state also derives the taxes from the sale of the alcoholic beverages.
Even more, it has also been a matter of controversy over the claim that the elite are immune to the interrogation of the Hisbah given allegations that manifest acts of misconduct in terms of morals are not addressed by the Hisbah. The same question is also raised on the silence of the Hisbah towards allegations of financial impropriety by the political class.