Nigeria has seen its Sharia police in action since the year 2001. Recently, over 240,000 bottles of beer were crushed underneath a bulldozer by the Hisbah. The bottles of beer crackdown in Nigeria is just the latest in a series of raids that are conducted against what the Sharia police considers to be immoral practices.
Nigeria consists of a Muslim north and a Christian South. And sometimes the activities that go on in the south end up happening in the north. The result is raids, operations and crackdowns on the occurrences by the Hisbah, the Sharia police. Quite recently a large cache of beer bottles were confiscated from some trucks that were bringing the alcoholic drinks in the city of Kano.
The Sharia police smashed over 240,000 bottles of beer under machinery to the chants of “Allahu Akbar”. Also among the forbidden stuff meant for consumption were an indigenous alcohol known as “burukutu” and a large quantity of tobacco products.
The Hisbah chief spoke of how this destruction of the contraband would help restore the tarnished image of the city of Kano. Several other activities which include crimes without victims have been the focus of the Hisbah. Prostitution and drug peddling in particular have been targeted.
The sale of alcohol is nevertheless a regular feature although it takes place covertly. You can find booze in any hotel provided you ask for it in a surreptitious and underhand manner. The Sharia law enforced by the Hisbah since the year 2001 has not been evenly applied to all the areas of Nigeria.
Source: Nigerian Bulletin