The Hisbah Commission in Zamfara on Saturday said its activities had helped to curb prostitution, alcoholism, gambling and other conflicts-engendering vices in the state.
Chairman of the commission, Alhaji Atiku Zawiya, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gusau that the commission’s programmes had also led to improvement in ethical behaviour of the people.
He said that Hisbah was a voluntary organisation established to promote the activities of the Islamic code, Sharia, in the state, through enlightenment and preaching.
Zawiya said that it was a testimony to the relevance of the commission that the state government enacted a law to formalise its establishment and activities.
“The establishment of the Hisbah commission gave us the power to enforce laws, arrest and prosecute suspects in Sharia courts.
“We are also involved in reconciling disputes on marriages, family matters, debts and political conflicts.
“We also review court judgments and advise judges on what we feel about suspects we arrest when operational teams carry out patrols,” he said.
He commended members of the commission for their dedication to duty, pointing out that only 560 of them were on salary, out of its 10,000 personnel.
“A bulk of the personnel are on volunteer service and expect their reward from the Almighty,” the chairman said.