Why do we arrest ordinary people but not the wealthy and powerful who break our rules? —Kano Islamic Police


It is against the teachings of Islam, according to Kibiya, to publicly criticize a leader.


While enforcing some of its laws, the Kano Hisbah Board, often known as the Islamic police, has explained why it treats the rich and poor differently.

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Aliyu Kibiya, the director of the Islamic police, explained the situation on a Freedom Radio broadcast.

It is against the teachings of Islam, according to Kibiya, to publicly criticize a leader.

“Although we call on everyone in society to do the right thing, we make decisions on a case-by-case basis,” he stated.


“It is against Islam’s beliefs to stand on a stage and criticize authorities. There are ways to warn a leader without publicly criticizing him.”

Hisbah has lately come under fire for failing to act on photos of the Emir of Bichi’s daughter, who had recently married President Muhammadu Buhari’s sole son.

A video of the wedding party shows Nigerian artist Mayorkun performing, as well as some of the guests sporting Afro, Mohawk, or any of the other hairstyles that Kano State Hisbah has deemed “unIslamic” and “insulting to Islam.”

Secular songs, which Hisbah strongly opposes, were also played at the celebration, and young northern men and women danced to them.


In cases where underprivileged Nigerians were implicated, Kano Hisbah has sanctioned all of these.

“Yusuf Buhari’s wedding and the Kano Hisbah that shaves the heads of poor people but was nowhere to be found around the highly secular Muhammadu Buhari son’s wedding: One country, two laws – one is applicable to the poor and the other is applicable to the rich,” human rights activist Omoyele Sowore had said, referring to the hypocrisy displayed by the Islamic police, who were nowhere to be found during the wedding. Who says poverty isn’t a CRIMINAL OFFENSE? #BuhariMustGo #RevolutionNow.”


Ironically, Hisbah is known for shaving the heads of poor northerners with Afro, Mohawk, and other hairstyles that the biased Islamic police deem “unIslamic.”

In February, Kano Hisbah detained Elijah Ode, a barber from Benue State, in the Sabongari area of the state, for giving his customers haircuts that were believed to offend the Islamic faith.

Two of Ode’s customers were also subjected to torture because of their “offensive” haircuts.

Ode was reportedly arrested and remanded by the religious police agency.

After being chastised by the public for remaining mute on images of Buhari’s daughter-in-bridal law’s shower, Hisbah retaliated by restricting the sharing of the photographs.

According to SaharaReporters, some Nigerians praised Zahra’s gown, which is partially made of translucent material, while others criticized her for not covering her hair, which is customary for Muslim women.

Muslims were accused of committing a sin by posting the photographs online, according to the Islamic police.

Meanwhile, the Islamic police have outlawed fashionable haircuts, drooping trousers, and disc jockeys playing music at social gatherings.


Hisbah also made it illegal for commercial motorbike and tricycle riders to transport two ladies at the same time.

The Kano State Hisbah Board recently barred tailors, supermarkets, and boutique owners in the state from using mannequins to display clothing.

The usage of mannequins by tailors, boutique owners, and others, according to Hisbah Commander-in-Chief Ustaz Harun Muhammad Sani Ibn Sina, is against Islamic injunctions.

He went on to say that the agency would educate offenders about how mannequins are frowned upon in Islam and dispatch officials to catch and prosecute them.