A 24-year-old woman who returned from Dubai has been rescued by the Ogun State Police from the custody of an Islamic cleric (Alfa), five months after he allegedly abducted her from the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Ikeja, Lagos State.
According to Punch, the victim Simbiat (pseudonym), was kept in the rented apartment of her 42-year-old captor identified as Olalekan Anifowoshe, aka Alfa, in the Atan-Ota area of the state and reportedly had sex with her during the period.
Simbiat gained her freedom when a good Samaritan who had seen her sometime in May told her family and the case was reported at the Onipanu Police Division, leading to the arrest of the Alfa.
It was gathered that the victim and the suspect were neighbours in the Surulere area of Lagos and the woman was said to have consulted him in 2013 for help over a spiritual attack before travelling to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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While speaking with Punch, Simbiat explained that she received a call from Alfa on January 11, 2016, instructing her to come back to Nigeria, and after that, she lost her senses and returned to the country immediately. She also disclosed that the suspect had slept with her for at least 10 times, adding that anytime she asked to see her parents, he would beat her up and boast that she had reached her “final destination”. She said:
“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 traveled 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”.
Simbiat, who was a food seller in Dubai, further claimed that the Alfa also took her jewelries worth N250,000 and a cash sum of about N480,000.
The suspect did not deny the allegations in his statement to the police, promising to pay back the money. He said besides prayers, he also used traditional means to help solve his clients’ problems. Hear him:
“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”.
The Ogun State Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the incident in a text message, saying the suspect had been charged to court.