The Kano state Hisbah, an Islamic police that enforce Sharia laws, have confiscated 8,600 bottles of beer and arrested the driver conveying the alcoholic goods.
The seized beer were loaded in a van brought from Kaduna, the board’s officer in charge of intoxicants, Idris Ibrahim, said.
Speaking to reporters at the weekend, Ibrahim disclosed that the alcoholic drinks were seized at Kwanar Dangora village along Kano-Kaduna expressway, adding that operatives of the command had been tracking the vehicle from Kaduna until it entered into Kano territory.
He said: “We stopped the vehicle at Kwanar Dangora village and the driver attempted to escape but our operatives apprehended him.
“You know it is illegal to sell and drink beer in Kano State. So, we are going to take the driver to court after taking his statement.”
He added that the Hisbah team in charge of intoxicants at the board are waiting for further instructions from the Hisbah management.
In another development, the Kano Hisbah have arrested 15 young women during operations in different parts of the metropolis for alleged prostitution.
The women were also accused of engaging in drug abuse, which Hisbah said, has changed their appearance and affected their mental stability.
It was gathered the accused women were arrested in Hotoro Tishama, Bakin River Verd, Sabon Gari, Miyangu Road, Hadejia Road and old Zoo Road motor parks where they allegedly ply the trade.
The board’s Deputy Commander-General, Dr. Mujahid Aminuddeen, who confirmed the arrest, said some of the suspected prostitutes had been arrested several times and charged to court, but still engaged in the illegal business.
“It is unfortunate that some of these women leave their states and countries and come to Kano where they engage in prostitution and other objectionable behaviour.
“They roam the streets of Kano and do all sorts of things. We are calling on members of the public to continue to report such activities so that we can sanitise the state
“However, some of these girls also need prayers because when you talk to them, you will understand that they find themselves in this situation because of hardship,” Aminuddeen said.