Hisbah Clampdown on Kano Non-Indigenous Bizmen, Seizes N300M Worth of Goods
Non-Indigenous Kano-based business tycoons operating within Sabon Gari area of Kano state have decried the seizures and destruction of their products worth over N300 million by an Islamic group called Hisbah within the last three months, describing the action as lawless and poor treatment.
Speaking to newsmen in Sabon Gari area of Kano State Monday, the group of businessmen who pleaded anonymity for fear of being hunted by the same Islamic group, lamented that, within the last three months the Hisbah group “have seized and destroyed our products worth 300 million naira, even though we were told by the Kano Government that since Sabon Gari is not a Muslim settlement area, the sharia law will not be applicable here, but the reverse is the case.
“They have decided to do this to us because we are non-indigenes, and the Kano State Government is also aware of our plight but nothing has been done about it. As we speak now, Sabon Gari is one of the most viable economic areas in Kano state, and what makes the social life high is the alcohol, which we sell, but yet they witch-hunt us even in Sabon Gari where we are supposed to be free, as if we do not have our own fundamental human rights as Nigerians,” he added.
The group lamented that, “Because of the restriction of alcohol in some places in Kano, we do not enter Kano in broad daylight; we usually wait until midnight, and these products are usually sealed – just to respect the law restricting alcohol in some areas in Kano, aside Sabon Gari.”
Also speaking, an indigene of the state, who pleaded anonymity, said, “The government is aware that Sharia law is not applicable to Sabon Gari as regards sale and consumption of alcohol, but the government is silent because of political reasons, adding that the way these people (Hisbah) carry out this act is funny because they hide on the routes leading to Sabon Gari where they ambush trailers carrying alcohol. It is unfortunate because even in Sokoto – the seat of Caliphate, Zamfara, Katsina and Kebbi, alcohol are sold in unrestricted areas without any witch-hunting.”
The group called on President Mohammadu Buhari, the Nigerian Human Rights Commission, and all well-meaning Nigerians to come to their aid in Kano. Hisbah is alleged to be a private security outfit established by the state government.