Kano-non-indigene-business-tycoons decry Hisbah illegal seizure, say they have lost N300m
….want Buhari’s intervention
By Ahmed Mukhtar, Kano
Kano-based-non-Indigene-business tycoons, operating within Sabon Gari area of the state, had decried what they termed lawless seizures and destruction of their products by an Islamic group call Hisbah within the last three months, say they have lost investment worth over N300million.
One of affected liquor Distributors, Mathias Kabo, who addressed journalists in kano, expressed serious anger, lamenting that “within the last three months, the Hisbah group have seized and destroyed our products worth N300million, even though we were told by the Kano Government that since Sabon Gari is not a Muslim area, the Sharia law will not be applicable here but the reverse is the case.
“They have decided to do this to us because we are non-indigenes and the Kano State Government is also aware of our plight but nothing has been done about it. As we speak now Sabon Gari is one of the most viable economic areas in Kano state, and what makes the social life high is the alcohol we sell but yet they witch-hunt us even in Sabon Gari where we are supposed to be free as if we do not have our own fundamental human rights as Nigerians.
“Go and check records, we developed the area to what it is today and we see no reason whatever to face this kind of intimidation and wanton destruction of our investment,” He added.
He further alleged that, “because of the restriction of alcohol in some places in Kano, we do not enter Kano in broad day light. We usually wait until mid-night and these products are usually sealed just to respect the law restricting alcohol in some areas in Kano apart from Sabon Gari.”
An indigene of the state who does not want to be mentioned, corroborated that the government is aware that Sharia law is not applicable to Sabon Gari as regard selling and consumption of alcohol, noting that the state government is silent because of political reasons.
He said, “the way these people (Hisbah) carry out this act is funny because they hide on the routes leading to Sabon Gari where they ambush trailers carrying alcohol. It is unfortunate because even in Sokoto the seat of Caliphate, Zamfara, Katsina and Kebbi, alcohol is sold in unrestricted areas without any witch-hunting.”
The affected distributors however called on President Mohammadu Buhari, Nigerian Human Right Commission (NHRC), and all well-meaning Nigerians to come to their aid in Kano before their entire livelihood is destroyed.
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