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Arrest of Tiktoker Causes Rift Between Governor and Islamic Police Chief

The commander of the Islamic police, locally called Hisbah, in Kano State, Nigeria, Aminu Daurawa, and the State governor, Abba Yusuf have settled their differences after a brief strained relationship that saw Daurawa resign as hisbah chief.

The relationship hit the rocks following the Governor’s public criticism of hisbah’s mode of operation and the release of one Murja Ibrahim Kunya, a Tiktok influencer, from prison by state authorities.

Hisbah, a religious police responsible for the enforcement of Sharia on Muslims in northern Nigeria, arrested Kunya last month for violating the tenets of Islam by posting immoral content on her TikTok handle. On a Sharia Court order, she was to be remanded in prison for a week but was secretly released on the orders of some anonymous government officials.

Many Nigerians say she was let off the hook because she’s a vocal supporter of Governor Abba and his party, the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP). The Governor denied any involvement in Kunya’s release, but it wasn’t convincing enough for Nigerians who now accuse him of double standards after his scathing remarks on hisbah.

Daurawa and Governor Yusuf had an hour-long meeting on Monday night where they mended their fences. The former resumed duties as hisbah chief on Tuesday.

Ezinwanne Onwuka reports for TruthNigeria from Abuja.

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