In an attempt to eliminate the indiscriminate sales of alcohol in the state, Niger state government has revoked the licenses issued to liquor dealers across the state.
The state government said it decision to revoke the license was due to the refusal of liquor dealers to adhere to the guidelines spelt out by the government.
Daily Sun reports that the Niger State Liquor licensing Board – the body charged with the responsibility of regulating the sale and consumption of alcohol – made the announcement in a statement signed by its chairman Malam Muhammad Shafii.
In the statement, which was made available to newsmen in Minna, the state capital, on Monday, Shafii said any liquor vendor caught contravening the order would not only be arrested but prosecuted.
Bear in mind that 18 years ago, the state government had introduced the Sharia legal system under which sale and consumption of alcohol and related beverages was restricted to areas of major town and cities in the state, and must be eight kilometers from the town.
Consequently, law enforcement agents were urged to implement the directive by arresting and prosecuting offenders.
To give vent to the new policy two major liquor dealers in the state were arrested over the weekend and would be charged to court soon.
In the same manner operatives of the board also recently seized and destroyed N28m worth of assorted liquor in Minna between January and June this year alone.