The Bauchi State Hisbah command has confiscated 260 crates of alcoholic drinks from hotels and night clubs as part of its effort to enforce the Sharia Islamic code.
Malam Aminu Balarabe Isah, the permanent commissioner in charge of Hisbah and Sharia implementation disclosed this on Tuesday, February 2, while displaying the confiscated drinks at the premises of the state Sharia commission in Bauchi.
He said 216 crates were confiscated in Misau local government area and 44 in Bauchi club and some beer parlors located in Dass park in Bauchi metropolis.
“We will continue to beam our searchlight to unravel perpetrators of such misdemeanors” he said.
Isah said the department would soon seek a court order to destroy the items as the subsisting Sharia law which was implemented in 2003 has unequivocally prohibited sales and consumption of alcoholic drinks.
The Commissioner explained that no fewer than six operators of beer parlors were arrested during the patrol and they would soon be prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others.
He appealed to the state government to hasten the appointment of the state Hisbah Board, as well as provide additional financial and logistics support to the department.