The gallant officers of police in Ogun State have rescued a Dubai returnee from the custody of an Islamic cleric five months after he allegedly abducted her from the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Ikeja, Lagos State.
Olalekan Anifowoshe aka Alfa
A 24-year-old Dubai returnee, Simbiat (pseudonym), who was abducted by Olalekan Anifowoshe, aka Alfa - an Islamic cleric, five months ago at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Ikeja, Lagos State, has been rescued by the police in Ogun State.
According to Punch, the suspect was said to have kept the victim in his rented apartment in the Atan-Ota area of the state and allegedly had s*x with her during the period.
The 42-year-old suspect who lives with his wife and three children, and the victim were neighbours in the Surulere area of Lagos. Reports reveals that the woman was said to have consulted him in 2013 for help over a spiritual attack before travelling to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Speaking with Punch Metro, Simbiat explained that after she received a call from Alfa on January 11, 2016, instructing her to come back to Nigeria, she lost her senses and returned to the country immediately.
She said that Alfa had slept with her for at least 10 times, adding that anytime she demanded to see her parents, he would beat her up and boast that she had reached her 'final destination.'
“Sometime in 2013, I had a dream that a man made love to me. A friend introduced me to him 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.
“Sometime in May, he 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,” she said.
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.
The suspect allegedly owned up to the allegations in his statement to the police, promising to refund the money, adding that apart from prayers, he also used traditional means to help solve his clients’ problems.
“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,” he said.