On August 27, 2016, four representatives of the Kano State Hisbah Board, a local security agency set up to enforce its interpretation of Sharia law, assaulted two journalists from Express Radio, a Private broadcasting station in the state.
The religious police were angry that Express Radio correspondent Abdullahi Isa brought two female journalists–Hauwa Musa Abdullahi and Saudat Yakubu Abdullahi, with him to cover a reading of love-themed, Hausa-language novels at the Kano International Trade Fairground, an event which was meant to be for men only.
The four Hisbah police officials were later dragged before a Sharia Court for by the management of Express Radio for alleged assault and manhandling.
The Hisbah officials who assaulted the Journalists were dragged before a Sharia Court in Kano for alleged physical assault and manhandling.
Date of Occurrence
Kano State, Nigeria
Officials of the Kano State Hisbah Board
Section 39 of the 1999 constitution grants the right of freedom of expression and information