An Islamic cleric who hypnotized a woman and kept her as a sex slave for months has been arrested.
The police was also able to rescue the lady who was identified as Simbiat, from Anifowose's rented apartment in the Atan-Ota area of Ogun State, where he had allegedly kept her for the period, and reportedly had sex with her at will.
The strange discovery was made by someone who knew the lady who had been declared missing by her family and when he saw her sometime in May, he informed her family and the case was reported at the Onipanu Police Division, leading to Alfa Anifowose’s arrest.
It gathered that the victim and the 42-year-old suspect were neighbours in the Surulere area of Lagos State, where he lived with his wife and three children, before she travelled to the United Arab Emirates.
Simbiat was said to have consulted Anifowose in 2013, for help over a spiritual attack before travelling to Dubai, and when on January 11, 2016, she got a call from Anifowose, instructing her to come back to Nigeria, she lost her senses and returned to the country immediately.
The victim told the police that on her arrival, Alfa Anifowose abducted her at the airport and took her to the apartment where he had sex with her several times, adding that anytime she demanded to see her parents, he would beat her up and boast that she had reached her 'final destination.'
“Sometime in 2013, I had a dream that a man made love to me. A friend introduced me to him and he gave me a piece of white cloth with Arabic inscriptions to cover my body whenever I wanted to sleep, which I used. Some months later, I travelled to Dubai.
On January 11, he called me on the telephone to come home. It was like a spell. I packed my things and arrived in Lagos the following day without telling my parents. He picked me at the airport and took me to his apartment in the Aboru area.
After some time, he relocated me to Atan-Ota, where he was eventually arrested. He beat me anyhow and slept with me.
Sometime in May, he took me to a river for a ritual. While he left me to do something inside the bush, I saw someone I knew. The person informed my father that I was already in Nigeria, but in captivity. My father was shocked because he thought I was in Dubai,” Simbiat narrated.
The victim also said Alfa Anifowose collected her jewellery valued at N250,000 and a cash sum of about N480,000.
During interrogation, Alfa Anifowose owned up to his crime.
“I am married with three children. The woman and I knew each other in Surulere, where my family members reside. As an Islamic cleric, I help people facing problems with prayers and it works. That was how I got to know Simbiat.
It is true I cast a spell on her to come back to Nigeria. She was living with me and I slept with her occasionally. I only borrowed the money from her, I will refund it.”
The State Police Command Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the incident, saying the suspect had been charged to court.