A 40-year-old Islamic cleric, Alfa Abdullahi Omobolaji, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police for allegedly raping a 17-year-old girl.
The Alfa is also being accused of beating up the girl's mother when she confronted him on what he did.
The incident happened at the Bakare Lane in Agege area of the state where the Alfa owns an office where he receives clients.
According to the girl, Omobolaji who hails from Kwara State, had invited her to office where he told her there is a marl of death on her body and that to ward it off, he had to sleep with her seven times but after achieving his aim, he still pestered her for sex, intimidating her that she would die a miserable death if he told anyone what transpired between them.
"It started in November, 2014, when Alfa Abdullahi called me and said I should always come to meet him if I needed anything since my dad was dead and my mum was unable to cater to all my needs.
Later, he told me that he had seen a vision, adding that a man had placed an evil mark on me.
He asked me to rinse my hand with cold water which he the put on the fire.
When the water finally boiled and I brought it down, I saw two cowries and a ring in the water.
Alfa said that was what the man put inside my body and he (Alfa) was the only man that could remove the evil mark from me. He said he must sleep with me three times, and that was how he slept with me.
He said I must never tell anyone what happened between us and if I did, I would die just like my father did a few years back."
The teenager's mother said that she got to know that the Alfa was defiling her daughter when a neighbour hinted her about the incident and that when she confronted the cleric, he beat her up.
"After a lot of pressure, my daughter opened up, telling me that Alfa had told her if she told anyone she would die.
That was when I went to meet him the second time, but he beat me up."
The girl was said to have gone to the Isokoko Police Station to report the matter, and Alfa Omobolaji was arrested.