27 February 2004

Nigeria: Ban On Cinema, Alcohol Stays in Bauchi

Bauchi — Bauchi State Sharia commission has warned that the ban on cinema operation as well as sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages was still in operation in the state, vowing to deal decisively with violators of the Islamic legal code.

The commission has renewed its directive to liquor sellers to desist from their illegal trade henceforth, or face the wrath of the law.

The state Chairman of the Commission, Alhaji Ahmed Mukhtar, who gave the warning in Bauchi yesterday said the commission frowned at the flagrant disobedience to the law banning the sale and consumption of alcoholic drinks as well as other immoral activities across the state, warning the people to remain Sharia-compliant or be penalised.

Mukhtar particularly warned liquor sellers at Amgwu Morocco to close shop or face the wrath of the state sharia law, stating that the decision asking them to close shops immediately was reached during a meeting among security agents, liquor sellers and representatives of the Bauchi Local Government Council and members of the state sharia commission, giving them one week ultimatum to comply with the directives.

He warned that at the expiration of the ultimatum, the law would take its cause, saying that the committee was determined to ensure the adequate application of the Islamic Legal System in the state.

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