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Breweries mute as over N200m worth of beers destroyed in Kano

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

Apparently due to rude shock, the Nigerian Breweries Plc is yet to make any categorical statement on the destruction of over N200 million of beer bottles in Kano state, northwest Nigeria.

Recalled that, Kano state-owned security outfit, Hisbah Board, last Sunday destroyed 1,975,000 bottles of different brands of beer estimated at over N200m.

But the Nigerian Brewery Northern plant Kaduna, known for its corporate social responsibility to Kano state, is yet to make a statement on value of its products destroyed when contacted by our correspondent through the public affairs department.

The beers destroyed by Hisbah Board, with support of court order, were allegedly confiscated within Kano metropolis spanning period of times, according to media reports.

Speaking during the destruction exercise in Kalebawa in the Dawakin Tofa local government area on Sunday, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr Nasiru Gawuna, said consumption of alcohol and all other intoxicants were forbidden in Islam.

In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor, Hassan Fagge, the governor was quoted as saying, “Even in Kano, we have banned the consumption of beer in all parts of the state.”

Ganduje added that Hisbah Board was established with the aim of preventing evil social acts in society.

The statement quoted the Commander-General, Hisbah Board, Sheikh Haruna Ibn Sina, as saying that the beer confiscated was worth over N200m.

He further said that the board got a court order to destroy over 20 trucks of the intercepted alcohol.

Ibn Sina, while expressing the appreciation of the support given to them by the government, assured the governor that the board would not relent in the “fight against immoral acts and other social vices destroying society.”

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