FACT-CHECK: Has Kano Police Banned Ramadan Traditional Street Drama (Tashe)?

VERDICT: True

Claim:

On Wednesday, April 21, 2021, reports that the Kano State Police has banned the annual traditional street drama popularly known as Tashe swamped the internet.

The report published by several organisations including Rahma TV said some bad eggs with the state are using the opportunity to commit heinous crimes.  

FACT:

The news that Kano State Police Command has banned this year’s traditional street drama popularly known as “Tashe” in Hausa is true. The command’s public relations officer, DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa said the ban has not affected the traditional street drama performed by children.

The yearly traditional street drama popularly called “Tashe” in Hausa is performed when by children and other individuals to entertain the public.

He said: “The traditional street drama ban in Kano is restricted for adult individuals. The performance usually results in crimes such as phone snatching, theft of properties, fights between thugs among others.”

“That is the reason we decided to ban it this time around as a measure to prevent the occurrence of the crimes resulting from the traditional Ramadan street drama,” Kiyawa said.

CONCLUSION:

The news that the Kano State Police Command has banned this year’s Ramadan traditional street drama is true.

The Kano State Police spokesperson, DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, said the ban only restricts adult performance but not children.

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