An Imam, Rabiu Abdulquadri, has been arrested by the Ogun State Police Command for shaving the pubic hair of a 22-year-old-girl and collecting her nails under the pretext of preparing a favour charm for her.
The Imam was also accused of raping the victim, Elizabeth (pseudonym), in his house in Abule-Ojo, Obafemi Owode Local Government Area, Ogun State
PUNCH Metro learnt that Abduquadri, popularly known as Alfa Cisse, approached the victim, who was returning from her place of work around 8.30pm on December 28.
The Imam was said to have stopped the victim at a roundabout in the Ofada area of the state, claiming he had a vision about her.
He was said to have ordered her to join an on-going prayer in his mosque before he could reveal the vision.
Elizabeth, who claimed she succumbed to Alfa Cisse’s bidding unconsciously, said he took her to his apartment after she dropped her luggage at home.
In the night, the cleric allegedly instructed her to strip herself naked and shaved strands of hair in her head, armpit and private parts, after which he had a carnal knowledge of her.
It was also learnt that he told her to come back for a charm that would bring favour to her the following day.
When our correspondent visited the victim on Wednesday, she said, “He and some clerics prayed for me. In the night, he woke me up, collected my nails, hairs and slept with me not minding my menstrual discharge. He said he would use them to prepare a charm for me to get favour.
“I did not realise what I was doing untill the next day when I returned home and my sister scolded me for not sleeping at home. That was when it occurred to me that I had been used.
“He even demanded more hairs when I got there the following day. Since then, I have been feeling weak and I can’t sleep in the night.”
Elizabeth’s uncle, Mr. Oluwaseun Idowu, said he had spent a lot of money on the victim, whose health reportedly aggravated after the encounter with the cleric.
Idowu said he eventually located the Imam’s house after which policemen from the Owode Police Division arrested him.
PUNCH Metro learnt that Alfa Cisse confessed to the police that he actually took the girl’s pubic hairs, although he denied having sex with her.
The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the incident.
He said, “The suspect was paraded by the state Commissioner of Police, Ikemefuna Okoye, today (Wednesday).
“He will be charged to court soon.”