Yobe establishes Hisbah Commission

Yobe State Governor and Chairman Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee of the APC, Mai Mala Buni

Yobe State has established its own Hisbah Commission to curb the perpetration of social vices and aid the enforcement of Shariah across the state.

Hisbah is a religious police established to fight social vices and ensure social hygiene in the overall conduct of Muslims in an Islamic society. It does not extend its enforcement to non-Muslims unless by their own choice.

Kano State was the first across the federation to form a religious police by establishing the Hisbah Commission in 2000 to enforce the implementation of the Shariah shortly after its proclamation by the then Ahmad Yerima administration.

This development ignited by Kano State on the foundations of Sharia orchestrated the establishment of such societal reorientation administrative tools as ‘A Daidaita Sahu’ in Kano and ‘Gyara Kayanka…’ in Bauchi across many of the Sharia-proclaiming Northern states in the 2000s.


Yobe State Government may have become seriously concerned about the current rate of social vices or the possibilities of their spread across the state.

Consequently, Governor Mai Mala Buni of the state, Friday, October 6 signed into law the bill establishing the State Hisbah Commission.


The law takes immediate effect.

“The Hisbah Commission law is to monitor the enforcement and implementation of Shariah and prevent other social vices in the state,” the Governor’s spokesman, Mamman Mohammed, said in a statement mailed to The PUNCH.

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