Monday September 14, 2020 will for a long time remain in the memory of staff and officials of the Sokoto Hisbah Board, after the traumatic encounter they had with presumably ravaging soldiers, who invaded the Hisbah office in a commando style sting operation.
The soldiers were said to be on a mission to rescue one of their men, who was in the custody of the “Hisbah Brigade”, for allegedly sexually abusing three under aged girls.
An eye witness who demanded to remain anonymous, in his narration stated that, “ the soldiers were on a mission to free a supposedly “randy” soldier in custody of the Hisbah Board.”
“The manner the soldiers swooped on the building showed that they meant business, and anyone who dared stand on their way could face the wrath of the invading soldiers, who looked menacing, ruthless and uncompromising in their approach,” the source stated.
“Some of the Hisbah members had to scale the fence in order to save themselves from the soldiers’ wrath, immediately they sensed the soldiers approaching in an aggressive manner; while three others who were not so lucky had to receive the beating of their lives, before they were bundled in to an on-waiting vehicle, and whisked away presumably to the barracks,” the source added.
While commenting on the unfortunate encounter between soldiers and men of the Hisbah board, Sokoto State Commandant Hisbah Board, Dr. Adamu Bello Kasarawa, in a statement to newsmen mentioned that “the Hisbah board was instituted by laws of Sokoto State, and whosoever goes foul of such laws on matters relating to violations of extant laws; particularly issues that go contrary to the religious and cultural dictates of the good people of Sokoto State, would be liable to sanction by men of the Hisbah Board.”
Dr. Kasrawa further stated that ”in exercising such duties, there are no sacred cows, all stand equal before the law.”