Senator demands release of Kano barber arrested over ‘anti-Islam’ haircuts

Kano Hisbah Sharia police

Senator Abba Moro (Benue South) has called for the unconditional release of Elijah Odeh a young barber from his constituency being held in Kano State over haircuts.

In a statement by his media office in Abuja on Sunday, the legislator said Mr Odeh a native of Adum East, Obi LGA, was arrested a few days ago by the Hisbah board over claims that the haircuts he gave two of his customers was insulting to Islam and the Holy Prophet Mohammed (SAW).

The senator said the young barber was currently being tried in Gyadi-Gyadi Magistrate’s Court sitting in Kano State.

He alleged that the man had been denied bail despite intervention from Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom and his Kano counterpart Abdullahi Ganduje.

Moro added that the arrest and continued incarceration of the young man was unacceptable and unconstitutional.

The senator said, “None of my constituents will suffer unjustly anywhere, as long as I remain their senator.

“I will also follow up on the case, with all the seriousness it deserves, until justice is served on Elijah, who I believe, has done nothing wrong by being creative and innovative.”

The barber was first arrested on January 15, 2021 and rearrested on January 27.