The Kano state Hisbah Board yesterday announced a ban on the traditional visits to females by their male suitors across the 44 local government areas of the state.
Director General of the board, Alhaji Abba Said Sufi, who stated this in a terse statement, said the measure was meant to curb open immorality among youths, which the board noted was on the increase.
He observed that most cases of abandoned babies usually happened during such nocturnal interactions, adding that now parents would be in a position to monitor their female wards.
Sufi vowed to rid the state of all corrupt vices, stressing, “It is better for government to infringe on its citizens’ right than allow corrupt and un-Islamic behaviour to continue in the state.”
Some respondents who spoke to our correspondent faulted the measure, saying it was against right to privacy as advocated by Islam.
Ahmed Mohammed, a student of Bayero University, Kano, said social visits among the opposite sex had been going on for ages, saying the government had no reason to ban them in a democracy.
He said even if such decision is to be taken, there should be a legislative backing.