A cleric resident in Bariga community, Lagos Mainland, Mustapha Hammed, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly raping a student of Federal College of Education (Technical), Akoka, Lagos, Mainland.
According to the Police Command, the suspect told the victim that he saw a vision that she would die in 24 hours, unless the student took three spiritual baths.
It was gathered that after the victim received the message, Hammed allegedly took the girl to Itowolo in Ikorodu, Lagos Mainland for cleansing to avert the death. The suspect reportedly had carnal knowledge of the victim, wiped her blood with a white handkerchief, after perfecting his plans of dropping a frog in her bath water to scare the victim.
The development however left the victim traumatized for weeks before the matter was reported to the Police.
Commenting on the incident, the State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal said the victim never knew Hammed had a clandestine plan, as he sexually assaulted her. “The Alfa deceived the victim that he saw in a vision that she was going to die within 24 hours. He took the girl to Ikorodu, Lagos, for cleansing so that she will not die. At Ikorodu, he raped the girl, who was a virgin,” he said.
The Police boss added that: “He thereafter wiped of her blood with a white handkerchief and since then, according to the victim’s father, the girl has been behaving abnormally because she was completely devastated and traumatised by the incident.”
During interrogation, the suspect confessed to have deflowered the girl when he took her to spiritually cleanse her, the Police said.
Hammed was quoted as saying: “On April 7, 2018, I called the girl to come and meet me at my house. The girl is a friend to my girlfriend. When she came, I told her that I saw a vision that she has spiritual husband while I was praying and told her she needed to bath three times to solve the spiritual problem.
“The girl agreed to follow me to my house in Ikorodu. When we got there, she bathed the first time, but before she had the second bath, I had put a frog inside the water. I threw the frog inside the water because I want to marry her but do not know how to tell her.
“When she saw the frog, she ran out of the bathroom. I told her that it was a bad sign and she asked what to do. I then told her to call her boyfriend to meet her at my place. She told me that she could not call anybody and asked me to help her to do everything. She said she was still a virgin and told me to deflower her, so I did. But it was on that day that I realised that she was a virgin.”
He, however, noted that the victim was fine when they got back from Ikorodu, adding that he was not responsible for her abnormal behaviours. “When we came back to Bariga from Ikorodu, I saw her about two weeks ago and she was fine. I was arrested on Thursday, July 12, and they said I raped the girl and used her to do something; I did not use her to do anything,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Police chief noted that the case had been transferred to the Gender Section Unit for further investigation, adding that the suspect would be charged to court at the end of investigation.