The Sharia Police (Hisbah) in Kano state has vowed to arrest Muslims who boycott the full practice of fasting throughout this Ramadan season.
The Police said it will arrest those who eat in public places, stressing that the Ramadan is a must practice for all Muslims.
The Police gave an exemption to those who are under the report of the doctor and might not be fit to partake in fasting. The Police said those who have the doctors’ consent not to fast would also be arrested but released after proper investigation and evidence to prove that they are indeed medically unfit to fast.
The commander-general of the Sharia Police (Hisbah) in Kano, Nabahani Usman made this known while speaking with BBC News.
Usman went on to say that even with the exemption report, the person will be warned not to repeat such before being released.
“We do this kind of operation yearly and we will continue it this year. The aim is to get every Muslim to respect the month of Ramadan. Even if a doctor says you should not fast, that does not mean you should eat in public while others are fasting. So any Muslim that we apprehend eating outside, our men will arrest and bring the person to our office unless he can show proof that a doctor asked him not to fast,” he said.
Kano State has been practising Sharia law since 2001 when former Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso signed the bill creating Hisbah.[?]