The police destroyed 240,000 bottles of beer, on Wednesday, in the city of Kano, Nigeria. More than 8,000 liters of a local alcoholic brew (“burukutu”) and 320,000 cigarettes were destroyed on the same day using a large bulldozer.
Aminu Daurawa, the Kano’s Hisbah chief, declared “the ardent hope this will bring an end to the consumption of such prohibited substances.”
Sharia, the Islamic law, was reintroduced in Nigeria in 2001 and 9,000 strong moral police force officers are active alongside the civilian police.
The action from this week was reinforced by a warning announcing a future operation “into every nook and corner of Kano.”
Since September 2013, hundreds of arrests were made in Kano “to cleanse the commercial hub of ‘immoral’ practices”. However, the alcohol is easy to find in Kano, including at hotels, because some neighborhoods like Sabon Gari are inhabited by an important Christian minority. Nigeria consists of a Muslim north and a Christian South. The Saria law enforced by the Hisbah since the year 2001 has not been evenly applied to all the areas of Nigeria.