Kano state has been practising Sharia law since 2001 when former Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso signed the bill creating Hisbah. There have been several reports in the past about arrest of persons eating during the month of Ramadan. Usman, was however quick to disclosed that anyone arrested would only be released upon provision of an exemption letter from a medical doctor or a proof of chronic ulcer.
The Hisbah boss told BBC that upon provision of evidence by any arrested person, he or she would be released with a stern warning not to eat in public anymore.
The Sharia boss who had last week arrested several sex workers and criminals ahead of the holy month, stressed that Ramadan was a special month for Muslims and that anybody that practised Islam must fast.
Hear him: “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.”