A young barber, Elijah Ode has been allegedly arrested in Kano state for ‘insulting’ Islam by giving customers worldly haircuts.
Benue state activist, Smith Akoko, in a Facebook post, said Elijah was accused of blasphemy over the hairstyles he gives men in the state.
Smith added that the young barber’s cousin confirmed his arraignment in court on Tuesday, February 2, 2021.
In a lengthy post, the activist wrote;
“Elijah Ode, a resident of Kano from Adum East, Obi LGA of Benue State, who combines barbing with studies and is domicile in the Sabon Gari town of the state was reported to have been in the net of Islamic religious extremists, who believe he has committed blasphemy in the cause of his work as barber.
Report says Elijah, who is well patronized by young people for possessing exceptional skills in trendy haircuts, attracted the wrath of the extremists last week Wednesday when two of his customers were tortured to stupor for designs claimed to be blasphemous to the Islamic religion.
Thereupon, Elijah was traced to his barbershop, where he was arrested for complicity, and has been in Police detention with the two customers since last week.
According to information obtained from his cousin, Mr Sunday Ukenya, the young barber did not design the hairstyles with the intention to provoke. He said he was only being innovative doing his work as usual to eke a living and pay his fees at his tertiary institution of study in Kano, where he sponsors himself.