Niger State Liquor License Board has sought the support of the state command of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to fight illegal sales and consumption of alcohol in the state.
The chairman of the state Liquor Board, Alhaji Imam Mohammed Shafi’i, made the request when he led members of the board on courtesy visit to the state command of the security agency in Minna,recently.
He informed the state commandant of NSCDC that the state has laws as regards to sales and consumption of alcohol, and that the board was established in 2003 to regulate activities of selling of alcohol in the state thereby minimizing the rate of crime in the state.
The chairman further stated that beer parlours were dens of criminals and that to reduce crime to its barest minimum there was the need to cut the motivating factor, saying “When you regulate and reduce the sales of alcohol you would be able to reduce crime rate.”
He added that the state enacted law and gazetted it as far back as 2003, explaining that the law divided the state into two areas as regards the sales and consumption of alcohol, saying that one of the areas comprising of Minna, Kontagora, Bida, Suleja, New Bussa, Mokwa, Lapai Agaie and Kagara were all strictly prohibited and that alcohol can only be sold eight kilometres from these areas.
The chairman disclosed that in the second area category, a producer or seller was allowed to operate if he fulfills certain conditions and the board had to award him a license to operate.
He said the board had observed that there were indiscriminate sales of alcohol in these prohibited areas, particularly in Minna and its environ, adding that they were in the NSCDC office to partner and solicit for the support of the security agency to fight illegal sales and consumption of alcohol thereby reducing the rate of crime in the state.
In his response, the state Commandant of NSCDC, Mr Philip Ayuba told the Liquor Board Chairman that there was an existing relationship between NSCDC and the board, saying they worked harmoniously with his predecessor and that it will continue.
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