Sokoto disbands Sharia police

Sokoto State Government

Sokoto state government has disbanded its Sharia police, following a major conflict in the leadership of the state’s Hisbah Commission.

Religious affairs commissioner, Alhaji Mani Katami, said the decision to disband the commission was taken at a meeting with leaders of the commission’s three factions, and officials of the justice and religious affairs ministries.

“This action was taken as the three groups had failed to harmonise themselves into one group, for efficient and united operations.

“The state government had given them a grace of over one year to do so, but the groups had failed to harmonise, this is contrary to the Act establishing the commission.

“This had allowed unnecessary bickering, unilateral operations, while myriad of complaints were received from members of the public about alleged overzealousness and high handedness of its operatives”, he said.

The commissioner directed the commission’s chairman, Doctor Adamu Kasarawa, to hand over all the documents and property of the agency, while promising that the commission will be reinstated after its leadership had been harmonised for effective service.

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