10th December, 2010
Local prostitutes are fleeing Kano, North-West Nigeria, in their numbers following aÂ recent clampdown on their activities within the ancient city by operatives of theÂ Hisbah Command, a Shariaâ€™ah enforcement agency.
No fewer than 1362 women of easy virtues were apprehended by the Shariaâ€™ahÂ enforcement agency in recent times in line with the state governmentâ€™s policy toÂ keep faith with the Islamic injunction.
Most of these females were arrested at different times in different locations withinÂ and outside Kano metropolis, in most cases, with their patrons.
Record from the Sahrada headquarters of Hisbah indicates that about 152 males wereÂ arrested by the agency in the last quarter, bringing the total number to 1514.
â€œThese suspects, mostly youths, were apprehended while engaging in social vicesÂ including prostitution and drug abuse,â€ Alhaji Saidu Dukawa, Director-General ofÂ Hisbah Board told P.M.NEWS
According to him, out of the number of suspects arrested, 33 were handed over toÂ National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and other related matters,Â NAPTIP, while 27 of them identified as drug addicts and peddlers were transferred toÂ National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.
He further stated that the agency charged about 364 of the suspects to Shariâ€™ahÂ Court, â€œ360 were repatriated, including those taken to Christian Association ofÂ Nigeria, CAN, because we identified them as Christians and we believe the best to doÂ is to hand them over to CAN”.
â€œMoreso, about 750 youths were warned and released unconditionally, after undergoingÂ intensive counselling. We are also working with the state Directorate of SocietalÂ Re-Orientation to rehabilitate some of the youths who turned a new leaf as a resultÂ of counselling,â€ Dukawa added.
However, investigation by P.M.NEWS indicates that some of these local prostitutesÂ who came from Borno, Adamawa, Plateau and Kaduna states have started fleeing KanoÂ for the fear of the Hisbah wrath.
This development has also given rise to unprecedented influx of Hausa prostitutesÂ into Sabon Gari, an enclave in the ancient city predominantly inhabited byÂ non-Muslims.
Some community leaders and sellers of alcoholic drinks and spirits had engagedÂ Hisbah in a running battle over its operation within Sabon Gari, known as a â€œfreeÂ zone.â€
The remaining local prostitutes who could not leave the state have taken refuge inÂ the Sabon Gari axis where they believe the Hisbah sledge hammer may be too short toÂ reach.
P.M.NEWS checks reveal that they have increased the tempo of night-life in someÂ cheap brothels within Sabon Gari, including the notorious Abedi Street, known as anÂ abode for local prostitutes.