Islamic cleric caught on camera raping 5-yr-old, remanded

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An Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court has remanded a 43-year-old Islamic cleric, Abdulsalam Salaudeen, for allegedly defiling a five-year-old female pupil placed in his custody.
The accused, a resident of 16 Awoyemi Street, Igando Road, Ikotun, a Lagos suburb, was docked for defilement.
The prosecutor, Insp. Benson Emuerhi, told the court that the accused, a popular Islamic cleric within the area committed the offence on December 22, 2018 at Olorungbebe Mosque, Iyana Ile-Oba, Igando area of Lagos State.
Emuerih told the court that the incident was reported by a neighbour at the Ikeja Police Command.
In a video presented to the Lagos Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, the cleric, was caught defiling the girl who was supposed to be learning Islamic studies from him.
According to the Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, a neighbour to the accused had tendered the video in evidence of the cleric having anal sex with his underage pupil to the Lagos State Police Command headquarters.
“The Police commissioner after watching the heart-rending video directed the command’s undercover operatives attached to the State Intelligence Bureau to immediately arrest the culprit and hand him over to the gender section for a detailed investigation.
“The operatives went in search of the cleric and arrested him near a mosque in the Igando area of the state.
“He was taken to the Gender Unit, where the officer-in-charge, ASP Abimbola Williams, confronted him with the video footage of him defiling the child by penetrating her anus and private parts,” Otti said
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Olufunke Sule-Amzat, ordered that he be remanded in the Kirikiri Prison, pending advice from the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
She adjourned the case until Feb. 7 for hearing.
The offence, Emuerhi added, contravened Section 137 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

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