FACT-CHECK: Kano Hisbah Never Slammed N20,000 Fine on Male, Female Students For Sharing Rooms

VERDICT: False

CLAIM:

On Tuesday, April 6, 2021, several online platforms;  Sahara Reporters, Tori.ng, KanyiDaily, NigerDeltaConnect, NaijaNews, AllSchoolsForum reported that the Kano State Hisbah Corps had slammed a fine of N20,000 on male and female students of Bayero University Kano found sharing a room.

The report with the headline: “Kano Hisbah Demands N20,000 Each To Release Male, Female University Students Found In Same Room, claimed operatives of the Islamic Police invaded some off-campus hostels of the University in Danbare area.

It also said students of opposite sex found in the same room.

FACT:

An investigation carried out by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) shows that the claim that students of the opposite sex have been asked to pay N20,00 for sharing a room is false.

Contrary to the claim, the Kano State Hisbah Corps did not slam a fine of N20,000 on any student for sharing a room with the opposite sex.

Also, the Public Relations Officer of the Kano State Hisbah Corps, Lawan Ibrahim Fagge, who spoke to CDD a fact-checker the report on the N20,000 fine on students for sharing rooms is fake news.

Fagge said the Hisbah Police is not a court and as such lacks the power to carry out sure punitive measures.

Fagge said: “This is nothing but fake news, Hisbah has not fined any student.”

He said the Corps was contacted by some students in the area over incidents of unmarried Muslim students of opposite sex sharing rooms.

“Therefore as Islamic values promoting agency we met with them and counselled them on why they shouldn’t do that and ends the matter, it is therefore surprising that some news organizations are reporting that we arrested and fined them, this has not happened, it is false,” Fagge said.

CONCLUSION:

The report that Kano Hisbah has slammed a fine of N20,000 on male and female Bayero University Kano students for sharing rooms is false.

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