Saturday, May 08, 2004
Penalties For Drinking Alcohol in Kano, Nigeria
Earlier this week Vice Squad mentioned that the predominantly Muslim state of Kano in Nigeria was preparing to implement a ban on alcohol and prostitution, in keeping with Sharia. Now we know what the intended penalties will be for violators. Muslims caught drinking will be whipped 80 times with a cane; Christian (and other non-Muslims, presumably) will be fined $380, or receive a one-year jail term, or both.
For comparison, in Oklahoma, a predominantly Christian state in the US, first time offenders caught with any amount of marijuana can receive up to one year in jail; second-time offenders qualify for 2 to 10 years in prison. Apparently these penalties apply to violators of all religious persuasions.