Senator Moro Calls For Unconditional Release Of Young Barber-Elijah Held In Kano


BY SEGUN ADEBAYO, ABUJA – The Senator representing Benue South Senatorial District, Patrick Abba Moro has described the arrest and continued incarceration of a young Barber, Elijah Odeh by the Kano State Islamic Police, HISBAH as totally unacceptable, unconstitutional and an infringement on his rights to live and do business in any part of the country without molestation and harassment.

Senator Moro warned that no harm must befall Elijah Odeh and therefore demanded the immediate and unconditional release of Odeh, a young barber, who he identified as a member of his constituent, being held in Kano State over a hairstyle alleged to be offensive to Islam.

These were contained in a statement by his Special Assistant on New Media, Emmanuel Eche-Ofun John, in which Senator Moro noted that the young Elijah, from Adum East, in Obi Local Government Area, was arrested a few days ago by a group of Muslims over claim that the hairstyle he designed on two of his customers was insulting to Islam and Prophet Mohammed.

Moro said the young Elijah is currently being tried in Gyadi-Gyadi Magistrate Court in Kano State and denied bail despite intervention by Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State and Governor Umar Ganduje of Kano State.

The Senator assured that none of his constituents would suffer unjustly anywhere, as long as he is their Senator, and promised to follow up on this case, with all the seriousness it deserved until justice secured for Elijah, who he believed had done nothing wrong in being creative and innovative.

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