Hisbah Unit Inaugurated in Niger State to Combat Moral Decadence

By Abubakar Hassan

The Hisbah unit of the Niger state Shari'ah commission has been revitalized with the inauguration of uniformed members of the Minna Emirate Hisbah unit. Led by Rufa'i Hashim, the executive secretary of the commission, the inauguration ceremony took place at the Justice Legbo Kutigi International Conference Centre, Minna, with notable dignitaries in attendance.

Hashim highlighted the unit's historical significance, tracing its establishment back to the regime of Late Engr. Abdulkadir Ƙure, lamenting its neglect by successive administrations. He emphasized the need to reinvigorate the unit across all eight Emirate councils in the state to address escalating moral decay among the youth.

With Hisbah units operational in five local government areas – Chanchaga, Bosso, Paikoro, Munya, and Shiroro – Hashim expressed hope that with support from the state government and stakeholders, the unit would rival counterparts in Kano, Zamfara, Katsina, and Sokoto.

Aliyu Usman Sarki, the state Hisbah Commander General, commended the unit's past achievements, noting its role in enforcing liquor regulations, promoting Zakat collection, and ensuring market fairness.

While emphasizing the collaboration between Hisbah and law enforcement agencies, Sarki clarified that Hisbah is not a police force but a unit under the Shari'ah commission aimed at community peace and sanitation.

In their remarks, Cikasoron Minna, Alhaji Yahaya Babangida, and Amb. Jibrin Abdullahi underscored the rising moral decay, particularly in Minna Emirate, urging Hisbah members to execute their duties impartially.

The occasion also witnessed the decoration of advisory board members and officials, marking a new chapter in the mission to combat moral decline in Niger state.

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