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Nigerian Islamic Police in Kano Arrest Muslims Not Fasting During Ramadan

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The Islamic police in the northern Nigerian state of Kano have apprehended 11 Muslims on Tuesday for consuming food during the Ramadan fast.

Kano, with a predominantly Muslim population, operates under both Islamic law (Sharia) and secular law.

During Ramadan, the Islamic police, known as Hisbah, conduct inspections of eateries and markets annually.

The 10 men and one woman were released after taking an oath promising not to intentionally break their fast again.

Hisbah spokesman Lawal Fagge informed the BBC, “We apprehended 11 individuals on Tuesday, including a woman selling groundnuts who was caught eating from her merchandise. Others, mostly men, were arrested in various parts of the city, particularly near bustling markets.”

Fagge stated that search operations would persist, clarifying that non-Muslims were not subject to these regulations.