Niger demolishes drinking joints

Enyioha Opara, Minna

NIGER State Liquor Board has demolished drinking joints and shops found selling alcoholic drinks in Minna metropolis.

The Chairman of the board, Alhaji Yahaya Halidu, said on Thursday the board would no longer tolerate arbitrary sale and consumption of alcohol in the state.

Halidu said some shops where sale and consumption of alcohol were taking place were destroyed by operatives of the board in order to check the excesses of criminals in the town.

He warned that hard times awaited liquor dealers as the Niger State Liquor Licensing Board had asked them to obtain operating licences or be arrested and prosecuted.

The board also said it would begin the enforcement of the law prohibiting sale and consumption of alcoholic drinks within eight kilometres radius of the state capital and other local government headquarters.

“The board will no longer tolerate the arbitrary sale of alcohol in all the nooks and crannies of this state since there is a law in place to regulate the sale and consumption of the product,” Halidu warned.

He added, “The board will no longer spare any liquor vendor in all the 25 local government areas, especially those in illegal business; every vendor must obtain a licence and must be within the 8km radius from the state capital, that is what the law says and we are going to implement the law to the letter.”

 He maintained that various hideouts used by liquor vendors had been detected and that a joint enforcement team of the police, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the state Hisbah group would be fully mobilised for arrest and prosecution of violators.

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