- Idris left his village and moved to Kano to look for work but was not successful.
- He planned on paying five million naira (KSh 1.2M)as tax to the government.
Islamic religious police in Northern Nigeria have arrested a 26-year-old man attempting to sell himself for KSh5.4 million to escape “excruciating poverty.”
Commander Harun Ibn Sina confirmed the arrest of Aliyu Idris stating that his actions were against Sharia law.
“We arrested him on Tuesday and he spent the night with us. What he did is forbidden in Islam. You can’t try to sell yourself no matter your condition.”
The young tailor turned into a sensation after pictures of him holding a placard inscribed with the auctioning offer went viral last week.
It was revealed that Idris had moved to Kano State in search of work after leaving his village but the effort bore no fruits, prompting the desperate move.
Speaking to local journalists before his arrest, the Kaduna resident said he was ” in a huge financial mess, hence his decision to put a KSh5.4 million price tag on himself promising to wholeheartedly serve his buyer.”
“No justification to sell himself”
He planned to distribute the money first to his parents KSh2.4 million, to the government KSh1.2 million, KSh400,000 to the person who would facilitate the “sale” then keep the rest for his maintenance.
Ibrahim Fagge, Islamic police spokesman, said that Idris was found to be sane after being subjected to a mental evaluation.
“We all know there is grinding poverty in the society, but that does not give anyone the right to sell himself. The era of slavery is over,” Fagge added.
Following the evaluation, no charges were leveled against Idris.
The shrinking of Nigeria’s oil revenue coupled with soaring inflation has pushed the country to the brink of the economic collapse leading to the biting poverty.
According to the Islamic police, Idris underwent counselling while in custody.