Vice Squad
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.

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