Officials of the Kano State Hisbah Board have asked students of the Bayero University, Kano arrested to pay N20,000 each before they can be released.
SaharaReporters had on Thursday reported how operatives of the Islamic police invaded some off-campus hostels of the university in Danbare area, arresting students of the opposite sex found in the same room.
It was learnt that the Hisbah officials broke into the students’ rooms and took them to their office.
A source said the operation by the state religious body sparked off tension in the neighborhood as other students kept vigil all through the night out of fear of the unknown.
“That’s how they do invade our hostels, the Wednesday incident wasn’t the first time something like this would happen. Now they are demanding N20,000 to bail each of the students arrested. They firstly requested for N30,000 but later told us to go and bring N20,000 for each of them,” a student whose friend was among those arrested told SaharaReporters.
Despite condemnation from Nigerians, Hisbah group has continued its push for Islamic agenda in the North.
The agency established to enforce Sharia law in some states in the region recently banned stylish haircuts, sagging of trousers, playing of music at social events by disk jockeys and tricycle riders from adorning their vehicles with pictures considered to be obscene and against the tenets of Islam.
This was in addition to other unusual directives reeled out by the Islamic police.
Hisbah recently made headlines for shaving stylish haircuts of young men in Kano and arresting people for improper dressing.