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.
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.