Officials of the Kano Hisbah Board, an islamic corp that enforces the Sharia law, on Saturday, October 3, arrested commercial trycyclists for adorning their vehicles with photos of entertainers like Davido and Naira Marley.
The corp members also allegedly arrested you in the state for improper dressing.
Photos posted on the official Facebook page of the Director General, Mohammad Harun Ibn Sani, shows some officials shaving the young men’s hair which they considered unIslamic.
Also pictured are some of the youths and Keke drivers arrested for wearing three quarter trousers and adorning their vehicles with photos of musicians.
The Kano State Hisbah Corps was established by the state government in 2003 with the institutionalization of formerly local and privately maintained hisbah security units.
Hisbah, which is an Arabic word meaning an act performed for the good of the society, is an Islamic religious concept that calls for “enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong on every Muslim.”
The Hisbah Corps, which operates under the jurisdiction of a Hisbah Board composed of government officials, secular police officers, and religious leaders.
It is highly decentralized with local units supervised by committees composed of officials and citizens in the communities in which they operate.
The relationship between the Hisbah Corps and civil police has been sometimes acrimonious. The Nigeria Police Force (NPF), to whom the Hisbah must report crimes, frequently refuse to cooperate in enforcement of religious law.
On multiple occasions, NPF officers have arrested Hisbah members for trespassing when the latter have attempted to enter private property to enforce Sharia.
And, in 2006, two senior Hisbah officers were detained by federal police and questioned on suspicion they were seeking foreign funding to train militants.
As of 2010 there were approximately 9,000 male and female officers of the Kano State Hisbah Corps.
The Hisbah Corps does not have authority to execute arrests and officers are armed only with non-lethal weapons for self-defense, such as batons.
Hisbah officers who observe violations of Sharia are expected to alert the Nigeria Police Force.
Other duties of the Hisbah Corps include arbitrating the voluntary reconciliation of disputes, verbally chastising violators of Sharia, and maintaining order at religious celebrations. Hisbah are also trained to assist with disaster response operations.