Islamic cleric confesses to molesting five year old girl blaming his enemies who put a spell on him

ISLAMIC cleric Imam Abdulsalam Salaudeen has confessed to the recent raping of a five year old girl in Lagos attributing it to the handiwork of his enemies who he said had cast a spell on him.


Imam, Salaudeen, 43, a father of five, from Igando, in Lagos State, was arrested for raping the five-year-old Arabic schoolgirl. Following his interrogation, he claimed that he had been having a running battle with spiritual forces for years.


According to the cleric, when the incident happened on Friday, December 28, 2018 at a section of the Arabic school on Awoyemi Street, Igando Road, he fought the devil back and forth by saying aausubillahi, meaning God forbid, to no avail. A native of Oyo State, Imam Salaudeen explained that he was accused of raping a girl in his class some years ago when he was living at Ikotun, a neighbouring community, adding that shame forced him to relocate to Igando.


“It is the work of the devil, I have been living in Lagos for 25 years and I have a wife and five children. My wife and three of the children live with me and my wife does not deny me sex.


"The girl was brought for Arabic class about five months ago and on that day, I asked her to go and sweep a section of the class. The place was separated by a wall and I followed her and I asked her to stand on a bench and face the wall, then I rolled up her skirts and removed her panties.


"As I wanted to penetrate her from the anus, I said aausubillahi, aausubillahi. It was the devil that pushed me to it and my penis only grazed her private parts," Imam Salaudeen added.


Stating he had regretted his action, the clergyman noted that he was shocked when he was confronted with a video clip, showing how he molested the girl. One of his neighbours had gone to see him when he stumbled on the clergyman fondling the victim.


Subsequently, the neighbour reported the case to a child rights’ organisation in the community and he was advised to do a secret video next time he caught the cleric in the act. because the imam was well respected in the community and he could have easily denied the allegation, it was believed that many people would not believe he could do such a thing without the video.


Police spokesman Chike Oti, said Imam Salaudeen was arrested after the informant reported the crime at the command headquarters in Ikeja with the video clip. He that the suspect initially denied the allegation when he was grilled at the gender unit but later owned up after being confronted with the video of him defiling the child.