Police destroy almost 4mn bottles of beer — Analysis

Crowds chanted “Allahu Akbar” as bulldozers in Nigeria crushed the prohibited substance within the sharia state

A grand complete of three,873,163 bottles of principally beer and different alcoholic drinks have been destroyed on Wednesday as spiritual police within the northern Nigerian metropolis of Kano, and state of the identical title, intensified their crackdown on booze. 

The alcohol, which is a prohibited substance within the predominantly Muslim area, was offloaded by members of the sharia police, known as the Hisbah, at an open house in Tudun Kalebawa village.

As bulldozers rolled over the bottles, a crowd, which included spiritual police officers and authorities members, cheered and chanted “Allahu Akbar” (God is Nice).

“Kano is a sharia state and the sale, consumption and possession of alcoholic substances are prohibited within the state,” Haruna Ibn Sina, the top of Hisbah, mentioned on the ceremony. “It is a demonstration that we’re profitable the warfare towards drug abuse and all types of intoxicants in Kano,” he added.

The Hisbah proceeded to set hearth to the remnants. Based on villagers, the blaze burned all through the night time.

The sharia police are tasked with the sustaining Islamic regulation within the state, which borders areas racked by jihadist insurgencies. Wednesday’s haul comes because the Hisbah embark on an intensified crackdown towards the consumption of unlawful substances. 

The booze had been intercepted over plenty of months by the Hisbah as merchants and different residents smuggled beers and different drinks into the area from the primarily Christian south. 

“Hisbah personnel ought to keep the tempo as miscreants had devised new techniques of smuggling beer and exhausting medication into the state,” Governor Abdullahi Ganjude mentioned, in line with native information. 

After the autumn of the dictatorship and the return to civil regulation, Kano, together with different states within the Muslim north, reintroduced sharia regulation. The sale and consumption of alcohol is punishable by 80 lashes with a horsewhip.

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