A senior Hisbah officer who was recently arrested by the Kano state police command on allegations of being in a hotel room with a married woman has been exonerated after it was discovered that the said woman was actually his daughter and not his lover.
Last month, officer Sani Rimo was arrested after Freedom FM, a radio station in Kano reported that the husband of the woman he was with had filed a complaint with the Kano state Police Command.
Shortly after his arrest Kano’s Hisbah Commander, Muhammed Haruna, ordered a two-man committee to investigate the matter.
In an interview with SaharaReporters on Wednesday, March 10. Hisbah’s communications officer, Nabahani Usman, said the matter had been fully investigated by the police, and the officer was found innocent. According to him, the said married woman in question is Rimo’s daughter.
He said the woman had some issues with her husband’s family and was lodged in a hotel by her husband’s family pending the time the case would be resolved. Usman said Rimo had gone to give his daughter some food at the hotel located in Sabon Gari when people sighted him and thought he was visiting his lover.
“The latest update on the case is that it was transferred to the police, fully investigated by the police and the outcome of their investigation is that the man is innocent of all the charges; the allegations were false. The lady is a daughter to his. There was a marital issue between the woman and her husband’s family so they had to lodge her in a hotel pending the time they would resolve the matter.
They didn’t even allow her family to reach out to her but her father got to know about it and was taking food to her in the hotel. When people saw that a Hisbah official was going to the hotel, they started shouting that a Hisbah officer had gone to meet a married woman in the hotel and all that, without even knowing she is his daughter.
The man right now is devastated, he has filed a petition against Freedom Radio through his solicitors. They will have to pay N10 million in damages and he said they would have to retract the publication and offer a public apology to him. He might go after other media houses though but we are not sure yet.”
Established in 2003, Hisbah was given the mandate to enforce Sharia law in Kano State. Its officers are notorious for regularly arresting unmarried people caught in hotels presumably for sexual activities as part of their enforcement of the Sharia law.