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Gov. Tambuwal Signs Hisbah Commission into Law

by Isiyaku Ahmed

 Musa Abdullahi

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State has signed the law establishing Hisbah Commission into law, explaining that the new Hisbah Commission in the state should not be perceived as a legalistic gimmick intent on fostering anything other than the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on residents of the state.

He appealed to people of the State and those outside not to misconstrue or misrepresent the law,

The Governor emphasized that there was no ulterior motive behind its enactment.

“Our own Hisbah in Sokoto State was midwifed, as at today, in full collaboration with all of the security agencies in the state. And, they had representation in the committee that came up with this law.

“Our Hisbah law do not and will not in conflict with any provision of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“It is not a State Police. It is not Sharia Police. It is more of a Community Policing device, organ, agency; or what ever singular or adjective to qualify it, that is coming on board to help the other Constitutionally recognized security outfits operating in the state in the first and foremost providing intelligence: collecting, collating and providing intelligence to the security services;

He said it would compliment the role, of nipping in the bud and reporting to appropriate security agencies of any likelihood of committing crimes or crime,” he said.

“we are not coming up with a Police that is here to discriminate against believers of another faith. No. We are coming up with an outfit that is to what the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria enshrined and provide for in terms of support to the agencies of security.

According to the Governor law predates his administration but was moribund thus leading to the development of multiple claims to its leadership.

The Governor however said his administration through wide consultations reconciled the disputants and proceeded to “activate the existing law …” and will then constitute (its) leadership pursuant to the law for the Hisbah Commission.”

 He applauded the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sokoto State House of Assembly (SOHA), the state Executive Council and the broad spectrum of  stakeholders who played great role in crafting the Bill, Gov. Tambuwal  said: the subsisting Hisbah Commission that came into effect in the State is “an outfit” that does not violate the provisions of  the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which enshrines and provide for it “in terms of support to the agencies of security that are established by the Constitution,” assuring that the Commission will be empanelled with “people of proven integrity and character…as prescribed by the law.”

Pointing out that the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria allows people of the country to reside wherever they so chose, provided that they remain law abiding, he admonished “those who have chosen to live in other places other than their ancestral homes, to accept the norms and the traditions of their host communities; and to be law abiding.

“It is only when we are law abiding and we follow the rule of law that we can have a crime free society that will engender peace and peaceful coexistence that will bring about environment for development- personal, private or even government programmes,” he emphasized.

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