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Fear grips Lagosians as Alfa is arrested for collecting people’s hair
Fears and suspicion has gripped Lagosians who lives on the mainland, since the recent arrest of a man who always carts away people’s hair from a barber’s shop for undisclosed reasons. Those who cut their hair in public barber’s shops now have cause for concern. It was gathered that the man (name withheld), who’s a Muslim cleric (Alfa), had always taken away hair in a barber’s shop on Imegbon Street, Fadeyi, Lagos. It has gone on for a long time until the bubble burst recently.
On the day the man was arrested, he had gone for his regular hair collection only to be told by the barber that it had been thrown into the waste bin. The man went to the waste bin, placed by the road side, in front of the shop, and scooped. When he did not find the hair, he was said to have confronted kids playing in the neighbourhood and demanded what happened. They kids were said to have told him that the dustbin had been emptied at the dumpsite.
According to an eyewitness, who simply identified himself as Tade, “the cleric walked straight to the dustbin, in front of the barber’s shop and searched. Seconds later, he called the children playing around there, demanding to know what had become of the hair dumped there. He was told that it had been disposed off at the nearby dump site.
“He hurriedly went to the dump site and returned 10 minutes later, fuming with anger. He told us that the barber used to give them people’s hair every day. He was angry and threatened to beat us up if we failed to show him where the hair was hidden. People, who heard him shouting, came around to know what was happening and discovered that he was actually demanding hair from the barber’s shop. They descended on him and wanted to lynch him before the barber intervened. The barber denied giving him hair from his daily operations. Also, the man denied looking for hair at the dustbin.
“When people threatened to deal with the barber, he promised to report the case to the police. This he did and the Alfa was arrested. But we heard that he was later released.” Seun, one of the kids, the Alfa confronted, also narrated what transpired that day: “He came and asked us to show him where the barber kept the hair that he accumulated after the day’s job. We told him that it had been swept away and he asked us to show him where it was dumped. We directed him to the dump site and he left. Minutes later, he came back and accused us of lying. He insisted that the barber gave him the contract.”
Another eyewitness, Mama Beji, said: “It is terrible and I have instructed all my children to always pick their hairs after barbing. The hair is the glory of anyone.
Who knows how many destinies this man has destroyed? Whether government believes it or not, there are evil spirits in the land; they should pass a law that will ensure that such people would pay for their sins on earth.”
Confirming the arrest, a police officer at Onipanu Police Station, where the case was reported, who pleaded anonymity, said that the barber made a complaint, hence the arrest. He said that after listening to both parties, no crime was established, but that the cleric was cautioned. It is good that the barber reported the case.”
When contacted, Lagos Police spokeswoman, Ngozi Braide, said that as long as crime has not been established, the cleric would not be charged for any offence. “He was arrested and his statement taken; caution has also been given in an event that crime is established,” she said