Aliyu Na Idris, a 26-year-old who was trending on social media last weekend for putting himself up for sale owing to “poor,” was detained by Hisbah, an Islamic police force in Kano state.
Aliyu Na Idris’ acts were forbidden, according to Hisbah Commander Harun Ibn Sina, who confirmed the detention to the BBC.
“Yes, we detained him on Tuesday and he spent the night with us; but, what he did is prohibited in Islam; you cannot try to sell yourself, regardless of your status or circumstance.”
The accused tailor, who was speaking to local press before his arrest, said he was in a major financial trouble, which is why he decided to place a 20 million naira ($49,000; £35,000) price tag on his person while vowing to serve his buyer totally.
“I made the decision to sell myself because I was poor; I plan to give my parents 10 million naira ($24,000; £18,000) when I eventually find a buyer, pay the government five million naira ($12,000; £9,000) in tax, give two million naira ($5,000; £4,000) to anyone who helped me find a buyer, and keep the rest for daily upkeep,” Aliyu told journalists in Kano before his arrest.