Elijah Ode, a barber from Benue State, has been arrested by Kano State Hisbah Corps for allegedly giving his customers haircuts which offend the Islamic faith in the Sabongari area of the state.
According to a Benue State activist, Smith Akoko, in a post on Facebook, the barber, who is also a student, was arrested last Wednesday, after two of his customers were caught with hairstyles deemed blasphemous to the Islamic religion.
His cousin, Sunday Ukenya, who confirmed the incident to Akoko, said the Hisbah corps arraigned Elijah in court on Tuesday, February 2, and thereafter remanded him in prison. It is not clear yet when his trial would resume.
Elijah Ode, a resident of Kano from Adum East, Obi Local Government Area of Benue and two of his customers were tortured to stupor for having such haircuts deemed blasphemous to Islam before being sent to prison.
According to information obtained from a family member, Ode did not design the hairstyles with the intention to provoke. “He is only being innovative and to improve on his work, which he used to make a living for himself and pay his fees at his tertiary institution of study in Kano, where he sponsors himself.
“The case is already in the court of law at the wish of the aggrieved Muslims with the first session heard yesterday. But all efforts by the young barber’s lawyer to bail him proved abortive because of the claim that it is a major case and therefore not bailable.
At the moment, the family has run out of hope, soliciting intercessory prayers as the reality of incarceration stares Elijah in the face,” the source said.