Saturday, 8 October 2011

"Date Rape" Islamic Cleric



The suspect. Photos: Oluwatoyin Malik



BUT for the quick intervention of the police, a self-acclaimed Islamic cleric, who goes about tricking women with messages from Allah in order to sleep with them, would have been mobbed to death on Tuesday October 4 at Wakajaye area of Ibadan, Oyo State.

According to reports, the Alfa, AbdulRaheem Rahman Sina, had lured a young married lady from a shop where she was serving as an apprentice fashion designer on Monday, October 4, 2011 under the pretence that he had a message for her from God and would want to pray for her. After taking her to his house, he had reportedly offered her a concoction. The after-effect of the drink however was that the lady became weak and lost strength and every sense of reasoning.


It was at that point that the Alfa attempted to have sex with his victim but she summoned strength and left the house. She could not make it back to her shop or home however, as she collapsed on the way, with her baby on her back. Passersby who noticed her where she laid had quickly referred her relations to where she was when they heard that the family members were already searching for her. She was picked up and rushed to a private hospital at Wakajaiye area where she was still undergoing treatment as at Wednesday Oct. 5.
Initial attempts to apprehend the fake cleric failed as he reportedly escaped through the backyard of his residence, but was eventually tricked out of his hiding and was taken to the hospital to restore the lady’s senses. However, the tumultuous crowd outside the hospital went haywire as soon as they sighted him, asking for his head, which made policemen from Monatan Division to seek reinforcement from Agodi Area Command. It was then that the police were able to disperse the crowd and take the suspect to the Area Command for interrogation.
Speaking with Sunday Tribune on her hospital bed, Opeyemi Bakare, a-22-year old lady who is married with one child said she was in her shop “when the Alfa called me out and said he had a message for me. He then said I should pick my child and follow him home, adding that I should buy salt which would be used for the prayers.
“I didn’t know the force that came over me but I did not refuse his instruction. I just told others in the shop that I was going out. When we got to a house,  he brought out a cup for me with concoction in it. I could not refuse it either but the moment I drank it, I did not know what happened to my system as I could not get myself straight again. The Alfa then told me that I must look for a holy man to have sexual intercourse with me.
“That was the point at which I became a little bit conscious of myself and I pushed him off. I picked up my child and left the house but I didn’t know what happened to me afterwards until I became fully conscious the following day in the hospital, though very weak. He was brought to the hospital to come and do whatever he could do to set me free. He recited some quranic verses but said other things he would use were at home. However, he was not allowed to go home because of the fear that he could disappear”.
The suspect, in an interview with Sunday Tribune, confirmed what the lady said, admitting that his action was unIslamic as he was just looking for means to satisfy his sexual urge. He also revealed that that would not be his first attempt as he had succeeded in sleeping with some women in Kwara State through that trick.

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