Police enforcing sharia law in Nigeria’s city of Kano publicly destroyed some 240,000 bottles of beer on Wednesday, the latest move in a wider crackdown on behavior deemed ”immoral” in the area.
The mass genocide of thousands of innocent and defenseless providers of hopped goodness occurred in a public display in Kano Nigeria.
Onlookers shouted “Allahu Ahkbar”, meaning “God is great”, as the bottles were smashed outside the headquarters of the Hisbah, the 9000-member moral police force tasked with enforcing sharia law.
The beer was confiscated from trucks that entered Kano after a state-government directive to Hisbah to restrict behaviour deemed immoral.
Beer wasn’t the only victim of the cull: more than 8000 litres of a local alcoholic brew called “burukutu” and 320,000 cigarettes were also destroyed.
Kano’s Hisbah chief Aminu Daurawa said he hoped the bottle-breaking ceremony will “bring an end to the consumption of such prohibited substances” and restore Kano’s “tarnished image”.
Alcohol has typically been available in bars and hotels to Kano’s Christian minority, but Daurawa vowed that Hisbah will soon embark on an operation to end the sale and consumption of all intoxicants.
Alleged drunks and drug addicts have been arrested during the crackdown, along with those accused of prostitution and homosexuality.