Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has explained the new Hisbah Commission in the state should not be perceived as illegalizing Sharia system in the state, but more of a Community Policing device.
The governor made the explanation while signing into law the Hisbah Commission Bill submitted to him by the Sokoto House of Assembly, SOHA.
According to Mr Tambuwal, there was no ulterior motive behind its enactment.
He said: “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 is 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; for want of a singular adjective to qualify it, that is coming on board to help the other Constitutionally recognized security outfits operating in the state in, first and foremost providing intelligence: collecting, collating and providing intelligence to the security services; complimenting the role, of also nipping in the bud and reporting to appropriate agencies any likelihood of the commission of a crime,” he said.
He added: “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 that are established by the Constitution.”
The governor, therefore, commended the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar II, Sokoto Assembly, the state Executive Council and the broad spectrum of stakeholders who played great role in crafting the Bill.
He 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.”