The Kano State Hisbah Board has arrested eight persons at Tudun Murtala in Nassarawa Local Government Area and Hudebiyya in Sharada, Kano, over their alleged refusal to fast during Ramadan.
The Executive Director of the board, Dr Aliyu Kibiya confirmed the arrest in a statement signed by Malam Lawal Ibrahim, Public Relations Officer of the board in Kano on Thursday.
Kibiya said the arrests were made following reports from residents of the areas.
The statement said “The culprits were five females and three males, eating in the afternoon in the month of Ramadan.”
It further explained that the board would continue to conduct raids in all parts of the state to curb the development. Fasting is a compulsory obligation for all Muslims who are in a position to fast during the Islamic month of Ramadan as enshrined in the Koran.
Meanwhile, the development came following the intervention of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje into the crisis between two of Kano’s richest men, Aliko Dangote and Isyaku Rabiu over the control of the sugar business in the country.
GreenWhiteGreen GWG reports that the two billionaires have had a face-off over the sugar business with allegations raised against one another of being unfair in their actions against one another. Dangote who was accused of trying to profit from an increase of sugar prices during the Ramadan in his denial said that it was a corporate policy not to increase prices of food stuff during Ramadan.
A statement by Abba Anwar, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor on Thursday in Kano, said the reconciliation meeting took place on Wednesday in Abuja, which was the second day of the Ramadan fast.
Anwar said that after the meeting, Chairmen of both Dangote and BUA agreed to work together to supply enough sugar to satisfy the demand of the country.
According to him, the meeting put a stop to all rumours that the duo was in dispute over control of the sugar business in the country.