In a move driven by the dictates of Sharia, the Islamic law code, Governor Kashim Shettima has banned of the sale of alcohol in the northeastern state of Borno and sets up “mobile courts” to try violators of the new law.
According to the state’s justice commissioner, Kakashehu Lawan, the decision to ban the sale of alcohol and prostitution is “in the bid to curtail criminality and social vices in the state”.
Lawan, while briefing journalists on Thursday, January 12, 2017, said that, “The sale of alcohol is hereby banned throughout the state with effect from January 20, 2017.
“All brothels and other spots where prostitution, immoral activities, sale and consumption of illicit drugs take place are hereby banned with immediate effect,” he said.
Lawan, however said military and paramilitary formations across the state are exempted from the ban.
“Military and paramilitary formations (Mammy Markets are exempted as provided by the liquor business (prohibition) law 2000.
“Those engaged in the activities above particularly in Galadima, Gamboru, Moduganari, Wulari, Hot Bite, Baga Road, Mairi, London Ciki, Artillery and along Giwa Barracks are hereby warned to take note,” he said.
Finally, Lawan called on owners of unregistered chemists and patent medicine stores to register their outfits or be made to face the wrath of the law.
Borno State is a major beneficiary of the nationally shared Value Added Tax fund of which the tax on alcohol is a major contributor. This means that Borno State rejects the sale of alcohol in the state, but receives the tax accrued from sales of alcohol in other states of the federation.