Aliyu Idris, a 26-year-old man, who went viral last week for putting himself up for sale for N20 million has been arrested by the Kano State Hisbah Board.
Newsbreak had reported on Saturday that Idris, said to be a tailor, had been roaming the streets of Kano, carrying a placard that announced his sale for N20 million.
However, Hisbah, the Islamic police in Kano, arrested Idris happened on Tuesday night.
Commander Sheik Harun Ibn Sina, the head of Hisbah board, while speaking to BBC Pidgin, stated it is forbidden in Islam for a person to give himself up for sales.
“Yes we arrested him yesterday and he spent the night under our custody, but I have not spoken to him one on one”.
“But this morning (Wednesday) I will talk to him”.
“In Islam, it is wrong to put yourself up for sale, no matter the reason. I will give more details after I meet with him” Mr Harun said.
Aliyu disclosed to journalists that poverty is the reason behind him walking around the city of Kano with a placard around his neck saying: “I’m for sale for N20 million.
“My family is aware of what is happening and it’s because of poverty. At first, I tried Kaduna, but I didn’t get any buyer that is why I moved to Kano.
“Some people have tried bargaining the price with me, but no one has reached the N20 million target.
“My plan is that, if I eventually get a buyer I will give the government N5 million as tax.
“I will give my parents N10 million, give two million Naira to the person who helped me with the advertisement and finally keep three million Naira with the person who bought me for daily upkeep,” Aliyu said.