Sani Rimo, a senior Hisbah officer in Kano, who was recently arrested by the state police command on allegations of having an affair with a married woman in a hotel, has been exonerated.
Nabahani Usman, Hisbah communication officer in the state, disclosed that the said woman was Rimo’s daughter and not a lover.
The officer’s arrest had been made public after it was reported on Freedom Radio, Kano, on February 16, that he was arrested in the Sabon Gari area of the city.
Shortly after it became public, the state Hisbah commander, Muhammed Haruna, organised a two-man committee to investigate the matter.
Usman, in an interview with SaharaReporters on Wednesday, said the matter had been fully investigated by the police, and the officer was found to be innocent.
He said the woman in question, who is Rimo’s daughter, had some issues with her husband’s family and was lodged in a hotel by her in-laws pending the time the case would be resolved.
Usman said official had gone to give his daughter some food at the hotel when people sighted him and thought he was visiting his lover.
“The latest update on the case is that it was transferred to the police, fully investigated by the police and the outcome of their investigation is that the man is innocent of all the charges; the allegations were false. The lady is a daughter to him, there is a marital issue between the woman and her husband’s family so they had to lodge her in a hotel pending the time they would resolve the matter,” he said.
“They didn’t even allow her family to reach out to her but her father got to know about it and was taking food to her in the hotel. When people saw that a Hisbah official was going to the hotel, they started shouting that a Hisbah officer had gone to meet a married woman in the hotel and all that, without even knowing she is his daughter.
“The man right now is devastated, he has filed a petition against Freedom Radio through his solicitors. They will have to pay N10 million in damages and he said they would have to retract the publication and offer a public apology to him. He might go after other media houses though but we are not sure yet.”