The Kano State Hisbah Board said it succeeded in apprehending 2,260 suspects for committing various crimes during patrol from January to December 2022.

Similarly, a total of 1,269 beggars were evacuated from the streets of eight Kano metropolitan local government areas, out of which 386 were repatriated to their respective states of origin as part of efforts to mitigate street begging in the state.

The Commander General of the board, Sheikh Harun Sina, made the disclosure while speaking to newsmen on Thursday.

According to him, most of those arrested for criminal activities were handed over to security agencies for necessary actions, while the underage were reunited with their families.

The CG explained that, in the area of curtailing societal vices, the board had succeeded in dispersing 86 immoral gatherings such as same-sex weddings, drug parties and other similar offences across the state.

Sina explained that 822 disputes were resolved amicably, while some are still pending at various courts due to their complex nature.

“Fifteen couples were married at Hisbah while 22 people converted to Islam during Da’awah in 2022,” he said.

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He highlighted that 25 trucks of beer containing thousands of bottles were destroyed in 2022, saying that additional bottles of assorted beer would be wiped out before January 2023.

On the area of strengthening Hisbah activities, Sina said the Kano State Government had recruited 5,700 Hisbah Marshall as well as 3,100 Hisbah corps members, in addition to new structures and renovation of buildings within the Hisbah headquarters and local government offices.

He said 1,000 Hisbah corps members were trained at the NYSC camp in the Kusalla Karaye local government area, adding that the state government had also provided new uniforms and other working materials to the staff of the agency to further motivate them.

The CG pointed out that a new Shari’a court was established at Hisbah headquarters, Sharada Kano, while the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, approved the elevation of Hisbah Mosque to a Juma’at Mosque.

He said six Hisbah personnel were sponsored to Saudi Arabia for Hajj to assist Kano pilgrims during the annual pilgrimage.

He advised parents and guardians to be more vigilant and report any suspected person or character to relevant authorities, as the agency would not relent in its efforts of sanitising the state from all forms of social vices.