Hisbah members in action, destroying crates of beers. Photo: Daily Trust

The Sokoto State Government has said that it has begun the harmonisation process for the three factions claiming authority over the State’s Hisbah Commission.

This is as the government denied disbanding the State Hisbah Commission as widely reported in the media in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Bashir Garba and issued to the News Agency of Nigeria( NAN)in Sokoto on Monday.

According to Garba: ” The Government wishes to clarify that the operations of the State Hisbah Commission, which is a creation of the law, has not been suspended.

”Similarly, it should be noted that the leadership of the Commission is still in place and have not been suspended from duty.

” By the provisions of the law establishing the Hisbah Commission, only the State Governor has the right to remove any member of the Commission from his/her duty, which in this case, nothing of such has happened.

”For the records, the Ministry of Religious Affairs held a meeting with the leadership of the three factions claiming authority over Hisbah Commission in the State.”

Garba further said that an agreement was reached to harmonise their operations for the benefit of the citizenry.

According to him, the harmonisation is still in progress, and further communication will be made after due consultations with relevant stakeholders.

”We implore journalists to always cross-check all issues with designated authorities before proceeding to press,” he added.

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