- Osun police have arrested an Islamic cleric, Abdul-Rahman, popular known as Al-Edewy, in Ede area of the state, for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl
- The cleric is said to have raped the girl in a hotel room after luring her from Osun to Ogun state
- Statements have already been made by the victim and her parents at the Family Unit of the Police Command in Osogbo
The police in Osun have arrested an Islamic cleric, Abdul-Rahman, popular known as Al-Edewy, in Ede area of the state, for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl (name withheld).
Al-Edewy was picked up from his Ede residence by police officers on Monday, July 1, and has been in custody of the Osun State Police Command since then, The Sun reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the police effected the arrest after a petition was written to the state commissioner of police, Abiodun Ige, by a lawyer, AA Maisolati, on behalf of the alleged victim, detailing how the cleric had lured her from Ede to Ilaro in Ogun state, before defiling her.
Maisolati explained the circumstances which made the girl, a Junior Secondary School (JSS 3) student, become a victim of rape in the hands of Al-Edewy, who is said to have three wives, in the petition dated June 13.
He said: “On the fateful day, Al-Edewy came to her house and informed her (our client’s) mother of a lecture he was having at Ilaro, Ogun state, saying that he would like our client to follow him alongside other students of his school since they would all return to Ede the same day.
“Our client’s mum innocently trusted him and allowed her girl to follow him. On getting to the car, our client only met two men; when she made inquiries about other students, Al-Edewy boldly said they had all gone.
“On getting to Ilaro, Al-Edewy gave his lecture which ended around 8pm. Our client came out of the mosque and waited outside for their return journey to Ede, but the cleric entered the car with others and drove to a guest house not too far from the lecture ground. Al-Edewy directed our client to enter a room and the other men to another room.
“Some minutes later, the cleric knocked and entered the room where our client was, saying he would sleep together with her. Our client was astonished and the cleric immediately collected her phone, did something on it, and gave it back; he started foundling our client’s breast and other things.
“Our client was resisting him but the cleric was too strong for her. Attracted by the screaming of our client, one man knocked on the door; then Al-Edewy pushed our client to the bed and told the man knocking that he should go, that it was a family affair.
“After the man left, he forcibly held our client and raped her mercilessly. After the first round, our client cursed him; when Al-Edewy could not see blood from the private part of our client, he abused her and raped her for the second time.”
Statements have already been made by the victim and her parents at the Family Unit of the Police Command in Osogbo on June 24, 2019.
In a similar development, Legit.ng previously reported that a 33-year-old Nigerian immigrant identified as Obinna Mba was jailed by a circuit court in Ghana for raping a 12-year-old girl in Nungua, a town in the municipal district in Accra.
Justice Rita Doko was said to have sentenced the Nigerian to seven years imprisonment after being found guilty on the charge of defilement.
Mba would also be deported after he must have served his sentence.
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