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The police in Lagos State have arrested a 43-year-old man for allegedly defiling a five-year-old girl, whom he was supposed to be teaching Islamic studies.
The Police Public Relations Officer for the state, CSP Chike Oti, in a statement on Wednesday said:
“On Friday, December 28, 2018, a good Nigerian visited the headquarters of the Lagos State Police Command with video evidence of an Islamic cleric, aka Alfa, who was having anal sex with a five-year-old girl that he was supposed to be teaching Islamic studies. The complainant sought audience with the state Commissioner of Police.
“The CP, after watching the heart-rending video, directed the command’s undercover operatives attached to the State Intelligence Bureau to immediately arrest the culprit and hand him over to the gender section for a detailed investigation. The operatives went in search of the cleric and arrested him near a mosque in the Igando area of the state.
“He was taken from there to the gender unit, where the officer-in-charge, ASP Abimbola Williams, confronted him with the video footage of him defiling the child by penetrating her anus and private parts. Upon seeing himself captured like an actor in a movie, the suspect broke down in tears and owned up to the crime. He later gave his name as Abdulsalam Salaudeen, a 43-year-old man and resident at 16 Awoyemi Street, Igando Road, Ikotun, Lagos.”
Oti said the case would be charged to court as soon as the investigation was concluded, adding that the CP, while commending the courageous act of the informant, warned parents and guardians to keep constant watch over their children.
Nobody should be trusted. Be friends with your children and let them be free to share things with you. Do not cover up any crime, no matter who is involved. Raise the alarm on child molesters in your neighborhood so they can face the law and others nursing such thoughts can be deterred. He concluded.