Aminu Tambuwal, Sokoto State governor, has disbanded the state’s Hisbah Police, and halted all its activities over alleged power tussle and factionalisation.
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The hisbah board in the state has reportedly been rocked by crisis for years, as three persons have simultaneously claimed to be leaders of the committee without the government’s approval.
A statement issued on Saturday by Muhammad Bello, Special Adviser to the governor on Media and Publicity, said a 36-men committee has been inaugurated by Tambuwal, to reorganise and harmonise the activities of hisbah in the state.
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The committee is led by the Wazirin Sokoto, Professor Sambo Wali Junaid, Permanent Secretary in the state’s Cabinet Affairs office, and Bande Rikina as the secretary.
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Other members comprise of Islamic scholars, security agents, representatives of the Sultanate Council, civil society groups, the Ministry of Religious Affairs, the Ministry for Justice, Women in Daawa, the Federation of Muslim Women Associations of Nigeria (FOMWAN), the Muslim Students Society (MSS) among others.
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According to the statement, Tambuwal said the inauguration of the committee became necessary, because of the need to have a legitimate structure that will perform the activities of the Hisba according to law.
He charged the committee to look at the law establishing hisbah in the state, in order to come out with a comprehensive report on what its statutory roles are.