“Barber Arrested In Kano For Giving Prospects Haircuts That ‘Offend’ Islam,” Sahara Reporters, February 3, 2021:
The Kano State Hisbah Corps has arrested a barber from Benue State, Elijah Ode, for allegedly giving his prospects haircuts which offend the Islamic religion within the Sabongari space of the state.
It was learnt that the non secular police power reportedly arraigned Ode on Tuesday and likewise had him remanded.
In response to a Benue State activist, Smith Akoko, who first introduced the matter to the eye of Nigerians, the barber, who can be a scholar, was arrested final Wednesday, after two of his prospects have been caught with hairstyles deemed blasphemous to the Islamic faith.
His cousin, Sunday Ukenya, who confirmed the incident to Akoko, stated the Hisbah corps arraigned Elijah in courtroom on Tuesday, February 2, and thereafter remanded him in jail.
It isn’t clear but when his trial would resume.
Elijah Ode, a resident of Kano from Adum East, Obi Native Authorities Space of Benue State, who combines his barbing vocation together with his research, was accused by the Islamic police of committing blasphemy in the reason for his work as a barber.
In response to eyewitnesses, Elijah, who’s properly patronised by younger individuals for possessing distinctive expertise in giving stylish haircuts, attracted the wrath of the extremists final Wednesday when two of his prospects have been tortured to stupour for having haircuts claimed to be blasphemous to the Islam.
Thereupon, Elijah was traced to his barbershop, the place he was arrested for complicity, and put in police detention with the 2 prospects final week.
In response to data obtained from a member of the family, Ode didn’t design the hairstyles with the intention to impress.
The supply stated, “He’s solely being revolutionary and to enhance on his work, which he used to eke out a residing for himself and pay his charges at his tertiary establishment of examine in Kano, the place he sponsors himself.
“The case is already within the courtroom of regulation on the want of the aggrieved Muslims with the primary session heard yesterday. However all efforts by the younger barber’s lawyer to bail him proved abortive due to the declare that it’s a main case and subsequently not bailable.
“In the meanwhile, the household has run out of hope, soliciting intercessory prayers as the truth of incarceration stares Elijah within the face.”