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Judicial CP - June 2001
Vanguard, Lagos, 18 June 2001
107 Prostitutes, 20 Gamblers Caned in Kebbi
No fewer than 107 prostitutes in Gwandu Local Government Area of Kebbi were Monday given 20 lashes of the cane each, on the orders of a sharia court in Gwandu, for idleness and wandering.
Briefing newsmen on the implementation of sharia in the area, the chairman of the council, Alhaji Yahaya Dalijan said, "107 prostitutes were successfully prosecuted by the sharia court, after confessing to their crimes".
He said the prostitutes were prosecuted along with 20 gamblers, who equally confessed to their crimes and were also given 20 lashes of the cane and N1,500 fine each.
He said the council would take measures to curtail the activities of those anti-social behaviours and flush out the prostitutes and gamblers from their hiding places.
Dalijan said that the Doduro Market, where the prostitutes were staying would be thoroughly checked to ensure that no prostitute was allowed to hide there.
The chairman further said that the council was determined to enforce of its bye-law governing marriages and naming ceremonies in the area, to check the high cost of hosting such ceremonies.
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