A man who wanted to sell himself at auction to escape poverty has been arrested by the Islamic police in Nigeria. 

Aliyu Idris, a 26-year-old tailor, was arrested by police in Kano State after his photos were posted on social networks showing him with a poster indicating that he was selling himself at a price of Ksh5m.

Idris lives in Kano, where Sharia law is applied alongside Nigerian law.  

A spokesman for the religious police Lawal Ibrahim Fagge said they arrested him for auctioning himself for sale, which is prohibited under Islamic law.

Lawal Ibrahim says that now Idris is in custody, and added that the young man was doing that out of poverty and ignorance.

Idris had walked around the city last week with his poster around his neck, ready for auction.

Residents photographed the young man, something that caused eyebrows and a stir on social networks.

In an interview with local reporters, he said that he was selling himself so as to escape poverty and was planning to give half of the money to his parents, and another amount to the person who organized the auction.