A certain woman identified only as Simbiat, has narrated her ordeal in the hands of an Islamic cleric, Olalekan Anifowoshe, aka Alfa in Lagos state.
Simbiat, 24, is a returnee from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, who had been in the Alfa’s custody, for five months.
According to the Punch, Anifowoshe, 42, had abducted Simbiat from the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Ikeja, Lagos State on her arrival in the country and had kept her in his rented apartment in the Atan-Ota area of the state and allegedly had sex with her at will during the period.
On how she knew the Alfa, Simbiat said she and the suspect were neighbours in the Surulere area of the state where the suspect’s wife and three children also resided.
She said she had consulted him in 2013 for help over a spiritual attack before travelling to Dubai.
She said, “Sometime in 2013, I had a dream that a man made love to me. A friend introduced me to Alfa and he gave me a piece of white cloth with Arabic inscriptions to cover my body whenever I wanted to sleep, which I used. Some months later, I travelled to Dubai.
“On January 11, he called me on the telephone to come home. It was like a spell. I packed my things and arrived in Lagos the following day without telling my parents.
“He picked me at the airport and took me to his apartment in the Aboru area. After some time, he relocated me to Atan-Ota, where he was eventually arrested. He beat me anyhow and slept with me.”
Luck came her way after a Good Samaritan, who saw her sometime in May, was said to have informed her family and the case was reported at the Onipanu Police Division, leading to Alfa’s arrest.
She continued, “Sometime in May, Alfa took me to a river for a ritual. While he left me to do something inside the bush, I saw someone I knew. The person informed my father that I was already in Nigeria, but in captivity.
“My father was shocked because he thought I was in Dubai.”
Simbiat, who sold food in Dubai, alleged that Alfa also collected her jewellery valued at N250,000 and a cash sum of about N480,000.
At the station, the suspect allegedly owned up to the allegations. He, however, promised to refund the money to his victim in his statement to the police. He said apart from prayers, he also used traditional means to help solve his clients’ problems.
He said, “I am married with three children. The woman and I knew each other in Surulere, where my family members reside. “As an Islamic cleric, I help people facing problems with prayers and it works. That was how I got to know Simbiat.
“It is true I cast a spell on her to come back to Nigeria. She was living with me and I slept with her occasionally. I only borrowed the money from her, I will refund it.”
Confirming the incident, the Ogun State Police Command Public Relations Officer, PRO, DSP Muyiwa Adejobi, said the suspect had been charged to court.
Adejobi said, “Case confirmed. The suspect has been charged to court after a thorough investigation.
“The command has no tolerance for such inhuman case and we will always fish out the perpetrators,” the PRO added.