Aminu Daurawa, the Kano State Hisbah Board Commandant-General said the board has fired one of its Deputy Superintendent and has commenced an investigation on five others for undermining the fight against immorality and social vices in the state.
Daurawa disclosed this on Tuesday in Kano, the state capital, explaining that the dismissed commandant has been found of collaborating with bad elements to commit atrocities within the state.
WikkiTimes had reported that Following raids of hotels and nightlife joints in Kano allegedly by Hisbah a video went viral on social media particularly Facebook and X (formerly Twitter) where female students were heard screaming, seeking help and alleging that Hisbah personnel burgled into their rooms.
The raid including one at the Bayero University Kano (BUK) with the arrest of students in its ‘Black Spots’ was however criticised by many, especially Nigerians commenting on social media.
But Hisbah’s Deputy commander-general in charge of operations, Dr. Mujahid Aminuddeen Abubakar told WikkiTimes the claims that its personnel had invaded students’ dormitories at the Bayero University Kano (BUK) and arrested students in its ‘Black Spots’ operation across the city are lies.
Daily Trust quoted Aminu Daurawa, the Commandant-General noting that besides the dismissed officer, five others are currently under investigation.
He further narrated that, the Deputy Superintendent in some instances collaborate with hotel owners to protect their hotels from being raided by the officers of the board. The fired officer was also declared wanted by the board.
“We have dismissed a Deputy Superintendent of Hisbah (DSH) and declared him wanted. Wherever he is found he should be arrested and prosecuted. He usually connived with the hotel operators so that their hotels would not be raided by Hisbah in the course of its operations” he added
“So, when we carried out the raid operation, the hoteliers where such atrocities were carried out became jittery that Hisbah had changed,” he said
Hisbah has also accused the dismissed officer of taking bribes from hotel owners so as to protect them from being raided.
“They paid him money not to carry out operations on their hotel. There was one among the hotel operators who asked us what we wanted them to do for us to support us and we told him the government saddled us with the responsibility and so it is responsible for our operations.”
“We don’t just carry out raid, but we ensure that people in the community file their complaints and are signed by at least five persons. We also carry out surveillance by sending officers to conduct surveillance to ascertain the truth of the information available, then we notify the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the area to get a back-up and liaise with the court” he said
The commander General also denied the allegation made by a Facebook user that its personnel shaved off the hair of a non-indigene with a bottle after raiding a brothel in the state adding that, the Facebook user who had accused the Hisbah of committing such an act would be invited to prove his allegation and actions shall be taken against him if he fails to prove it
“The video is totally lie; such an incident never happened. We try to follow due process in carrying out our operations. Our personnel never cut the hair of any non-indigene lady, let alone use a bottle to do so” he added
“It is a lie and we have identified the person that shared the video and we will invite him to prove it to us. If he fails to prove to us, then we will take action against him,” Daurawa said