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8 People Arrested in Nigeria for Eating During The Holy Month of Ramadan

Eight people have been arrested by Islamic police in the northern Nigerian state of Kano for allegedly refusing to fast during the Holy Month of Ramadan.

 Hisbah police enforce Islamic law in Kano — one of the 12 Muslim states in northern Nigeria that apply Sharia law and normal law.

 “The participants were five women and three men, eating in the afternoon in the month of Ramadan,” Aliyu Kibiya, executive director of the Kano State Hisbah Board was quoted as saying.

 Adult fasting is a matter of responsibility especially for those who are able to abstain from eating and drinking.

 The sick and those who may experience health risks if they fast and eat, including children, expectant women, travelers and breastfeeding women.

 The BBC's Khalifa Shehu Dokaji in Kano says the women told Hisbah that they were sorry they were menstruating, but police told them despite the situation they should not eat in public.

 If they are sued in court, they could be fined or sent to a correctional facility.

 Mr Kibiya's statement warned that more operations would be carried out across the province to ensure people adhered to their religious responsibilities.

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