Ramadan: 80 People arrested for Eating during Fasting in Kano

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Ramadan: 80 People arrested for Eating during Fasting in Kano

Ramadan: 80 People arrested for Eating during Fasting in Kano

The Kano State Sharia Police popularly known as Hisbah has arrested a total of 80 persons all accused of eating in public, instead of fasting from dawn to sunset as Muslims are required to do during the holy month of Ramadan.

The Sharia Police made it known that the people were all arrested at different times in the city of Kano.

Kano State is among one of those state where Sharia law was re-introduced since 2000 in Northern Nigeria. The Sharia is being carried out partially along with the country’s secular law.

Adamu Yahaya, who is the spokesman of Hisbah in Kano State, told the BBC on Thursday that all those arrested were Muslims and officers do not target non-Muslims because they are not bound by Islamic law.

“Some of the person we arrested stated that they were eating because they did not see the Ramadan crescent themselves, while some other said that they were sick, but we discovered that all their excuses were baseless,” he stated.

Yahaya further stated that the 80 persons were admonished and let go because it was the first time they were going against the law.

He stated: “They were given a serious warning that if they were caught again, they would be dragged to court. We will keep on patrolling throughout the month of Ramadan with a view to arresting Muslims who do not observe the fast.”

It is compulsory for all Muslims to observe the Ramadan Fast but some categories of people such as those who are seriously ill are not required to fast.

Ramadan: 80 People arrested for Eating during Fasting in Kano

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