Non-indigenous kano-based business tycoons operating within Sabon Gari area of Kano state have decried seizures and destruction of their goods 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, the businessmen, who pleaded anonymity for fear of been hunted by the Islamic group, lamented that, “Hisbah have seized and destroyed our goods worth N300million in the last three months 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 has done nothing about it. As we speak now, Sabon Gari is one of the most viable economic areas in Kano state.
“What makes social life thick in any society is the alcohol which we sell. 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 day light, we usually wait until mid-night 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 regard the sale and consumption of alcohol but the government is silent because of political reasons. The way these people (Hisbah) carry out this act is funny because they hide on the routs 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,” he said urging the government to respect the constitutional rights of non-Muslims residing in places where Sharia law is not applicable.
The group called on President Mouammadu Buhari, the Nigerian Human Right 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.

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