by Seun Badejo
A resident of Dopemu, Lagos Mainland, has told a Lagos court how a cleric identified as Alfa Ibrahim Idris, abused her three daughters when the kids were left in his care.
The complainant, Mrs Adepoju, who resides at 50, Bashua Street, Dopemu, Lagos Mainland told the court that the cleric lived with her family for eight years before she got wind of the development.
She told the court that she used to leave her children in his care whenever she was not around based on trust but that she was surprised to learn that he was abusing her lovely daughters.
The defendant who had earlier pleaded not guilty to a three-count charge bothering on rape and sexual defilement brought against him by the Lagos government was again arraigned for allegedly having canal knowledge of three sisters in their parent’s house where he lived.
According to the prosecutor, Ibrahim committed the alleged offense sometimes in 2017.
Mrs Adepoju who was visible shaken by the development said she got to know about the defilement when she was called by the headmistress of the first daughter’s school on 9th August 2017 that her daughter was saying things that she needed to hear.
“When I got to the school, I was told she ran out of the classroom when she saw a male teacher and when asked why, she narrated what she and her two sisters had been going through in the hand of the defendant. My daughter told me that Alfa Ibrahim has been having sex with her and her two sisters who were also minors,” she said,
Mrs Adepoju said her first daughter was 12-years old while her sisters were 9 and 7years respectively when the incident occured. “The defendant and his brother came from Ilorin to live with us while they attended an Islamic school in Agege. By the time we got to know about the defilement, he had left our place but he comes to spend the weekend with us. When I heard about the matter, I took my children home and waited for my husband that was out of town. He came back two days after and we invited the defendant but he denied the allegation.
“We reported the matter at the Police Station and he was arrested and statement was taken from him. The police later referred us to Mirabel Center, LASUTH for examination and it was confirmed that my girls were defiled”, she said.
Under cross examined by the defendant’s counsel, she affirmed that the defendant was not the only male living in her house at the time of the incident.
However, the prosecutor told the court that the aggrieved mother did not want to bring the children to testify in court so as not to refresh their memories about incidents that took place years back.
The judge nevertheless ordered the mother to bring the survivors to court so that they can give evidence and adjourned the matter till Match 4, 2020 for continuation of trial.