A man identified as Habeebulah Abdurrahman has been arrested by the Osun State Police Command for allegedly having carnal knowledge of a 16-year-old girl learning Arabic in his school.
The Islamic cleric was apprehended following a petition written by the Crescent Chamber, Ibadan, dated June 13, 2019, addressed to the Commissioner of Police, which revealed how the cleric allegedly defiled the victim.
A source revealed that the cleric was being detained at the State Criminal Investigation Department, Osogbo.
The Police Spokesperson, Folashade odoro, while speaking on the arrest stated that the Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Ige, had directed a full investigation into the matter.
“The suspect was arrested in connection with the allegations contained in the petition and is already in our custody”.
According to the petition that was written, it revealed that the victim is a JSS 3 student of a private school in Ede and has been living with her mother since the demise of her father nine years ago.
A report claimed that the cleric had told the victim’s mother to withdraw her from the Arabic school she was attending and enrol her in his own, with an assurance that he would personally train her.
Not long after the victim joined the cleric’s school, it was alleged that Abdurrahman would delay her at the end of the lesson without any justification.
The cleric allegedly bought a mobile telephone for the victim and gave her money in a bid to entice her.
The victim’s uncle, Muhydeen Oloyede, while speaking on the incident said, “On April 18, 2019, the cleric took the victim and some of his pupils on a journey to Ilaro, Ogun State. He lodged the other pupils in one room and asked the victim to stay in his own room. That night, he molested her.
“The following morning, the cleric took her to his sister’s house in Abeokuta and also had intercourse with her there. He gave her N50,000 to appease her when they returned from the trip. He is claiming that he had married the girl, but that claim is not true.”