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Sharia: We didn’t invade BUK students’ rooms —Hisbah

Umah Muhammed
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THE Kano State Hisbah Corps, a Sharia enforcement agency, has denied that its officials invaded the Bayero University Kano (BUK) hostels, especially off-campus ones, to arrest male and female students found in same rooms.

The Public Relations Officer of the corps, Alhaji Lawan Ibrahim Fagge, while speaking to Saturday Tribune in Kano on the alleged arrests, said: “It is a complete lie fabricated by the online platform.”

He also claimed that the photo used to illustrate the story was selected from the news medium’s file.

Fagge said “what the Sahara Reporters published about the Hisbah Board never happened.”

He said the board never carried out such arrests, adding that the “malicious story was concocted” to damage the reputation of the board.

The Hisbah spokesman said: “The online media has no reporter here in Kano but they are desperate to dent our image. But we thank God.

“We know they are operating from Benue State. They just sit there and write whatever they want. But let me tell you: nothing like that was done by the Hisbah board.

“Yesterday (Thursday), the BBC interviewed me on the story and I told them that I did not know anything about it. We did not have any situation like that at Hisbah.

“I do not know which Hisbah board they were talking about. Maybe they were talking about Benue State’s Hisbah board and not that of Kano State.

“We are used to reading such stories, fabricated lies against us, from that state, but as I have told you, nothing like that ever happened at Hisbah Board here in Kano State.”

Sahara Reporters gathered had reported that the incident happened on Wednesday night in Danbare in a neighbourhood opposite the university’s gate.

It said officials of the Kano State religious police broke into the students’ rooms and took them to their office, adding that the operation caused tension in the neighbourhood as many students panicked and stayed up through the night.

Hisbah, established to enforce the Sharia law in some states in the North, recently banned stylish haircuts, sagging of trousers, playing of music at social events by disk jockeys and tricycle riders from adorning their vehicles with pictures considered to be obscene and against the tenants of Islam.

The agency recently made headlines for shaving off stylish haircuts of young men in Kano and arresting people for improper dressing. It is also notorious for destroying truckloads of alcoholic drinks.


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