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80 arrested for eating during Ramadhan fasting

Eighty Nigerians accused of eating in public in the holy month of Ramadan were on Wednesday briefly detained by the police.

They were arrested by the Islamic Sharia police in northern Nigeria’s Kano state.

Muslims are required to stay away from food and water during their holy month of fast.

The Sharia police, known as Hisbah, say the people were arrested at different times across the city of Kano in the past couple of days.

Kano is one of the several states in Nigeria where Sharia law was re-introduced since 2000.

Muslims in Kenya will start observing holy month of Ramadhan on Monday, Chief Kadhi Ahmed Muhdhar has announced.

Ramadhan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is considered the holiest by Muslims.

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