By Abdulsalam Muhammad
KANO—The last mass wedding in Kano State aimed at finding husbands for divorcees and widows is now mired in controversy as Hisbah Board has uncovered two fake couples in the list of those given out in marriage.
Hisbah, the Sharia implementation outfit, has equally suspended one of its field commanders believed to have planted the two married couples in the list to pave way for full scale investigations.
Director-General of Hisbah, Abba Sa’id Sufi told newsmen in the state that “the two couples were earlier married in real life,” pointing out that “they made the final list due to connivance of someone within.”
Sufi said: “The board had retrieved all the benefits including furniture, N20,000 empowerment gesture and the N10,000 bride price provided by the state government.
“Henceforth, anyone caught perpetrating sharp practices will be prosecuted according to existing laws.”
He added that the board’s screening committee had been reconstituted to include the district head, the police, and the officer in charge of State Security Services, SSS, in the 44 local government areas in the state.