Man sentenced to 12 months imprisonment for selling Alcohol


A Minna Chief Mag­istrate Court has sentenced one Baba Abuja to 12 months imprisonment for contra­vening the Sharia law.

Baba Abuja was ar­rested and charged before Chief Magistrate Abdul­lahi Usman for selling al­cohol in a prohibited area of Paiko town.

According to the Sharia law which came into ef­fect in the state in 2002, it is illegal to sell alcohol in local government head­quarters without obtain­ing the required permit.

However, Chief Magis­trate Usman gave the con­vict option of N200,000 fine.

According to the pros­ecution, the arrest was based on a petition by some residents of Paiko which was addressed to Governor Abubakar Sani Bello indicating that the sale and consumption of alcohol in Paiko town constitutes a serious secu­rity threat to the people.

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The prosecution said the governor directed the chairman of the Liquor Board, Barrister Yahaya Halidu to commence in­vestigation into the peti­tion which led to the arrest of the convict.

When the charge was read, Baba Abuja admit­ted guilt and was sum­marily tried. Items re­covered from Baba Abuja and tendered as exhibits included cartons of Gul­der Beer, local gins, Star Lager Beer and Stout.

In the same court, a female liqour vendor, Asabe Solomon was also sentenced to six-month imprisonment with an op­tion of N50,000 fine for sale of alcohol in Gbadna village also in Paikoro lo­cal government area of the state.

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