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Hisbah shuts down hotel for lodging underage girls in Katsina

Hisbah commander-general said the hotel violated an agreement earlier reached with hoteliers across Katsina.

• June 14, 2024
Hisbah shuts down hotel
Hisbah shuts down hotel

The Katsina State Hisbah Board has ordered the immediate closure of the New Palace Hotel, located within the metropolis, over  allegations of corrupting the morals of underage girls.

Aminu Usman (Abu Ammar), the Hisbah commander-general, confirmed this.

Hisbah commander-general said the hotel violated an agreement earlier reached with hoteliers across Katsina.

Mr Usman said, “The hotel violated the board’s regulations by allowing underage girls to stay on the premises. The board discovered that two underage girls were lodged in the same room during a recent inspection, which contravenes the hisbah laws.

“This is the second time such an offence was committed at the New Palace Hotel, in spite of previous warnings by the board and a promise by the hotel’s management to stop such incidents.”

He added that during a collaborative meeting with hotel managers across the state, they agreed that no hotel would accommodate underage children.

Mr Usman added, “Due to the hotel’s failure to comply with the board’s regulations and meet the stipulated conditions, we have decided to shut it down with immediate effect.

“We remain committed to enforcing reforms and instilling discipline that aligns with the religious and cultural values of the state under the rule of law to ensure lasting peace.”

(NAN)

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