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Muslim cleric arrested for stoning 3-year-old to death

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By Mojola Aturamu

A Muslim cleric, Kazeem Alimson, popularly known as Alfa has been arrested by the Lagos State Police for killing a three-year-old boy Chiagozie Okereke at the White Sand area of Isheri-Oshun, Ejigbo, Lagos.

One 15-year-old named Simon Kanu was paid N500 by the Alfa to lure the deceased to his abode where he used a big stone to kill him.

Muslim cleric arrested for stoning 3-year-old to death
Kazeem Alimson

The deceased’s mother narrated how her baby went missing around 7.pm on Tuesday after she brought him out for his evening bath.

“Around 7:00p.m. yesterday (Tuesday), I brought my children out to bathe him. When I finished bathing the younger one, I went inside to get the wrapper to strap him in order to enable me bath the other child. But on getting outside, I didn’t see my baby again. The sister said he went into my neighbour’s house but I didn’t see him there and when I asked, they said he went out with Simon.

I called my son’s name but there was no response. Later, we saw Simon that night, I asked him about the whereabouts of my son, he said he did not see him. Simon took my son, strangled him with his shirt and stoned him to death. He is my third child. I feel hurt. My heart is broken. I need justice.”

The Isheri Osun Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Emeodi Camilus, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) got a tip-off, rushed to the scene and arrested the two suspects.

During the interrogation, Simon confessed that the Alfa took him and the child to an uncompleted building where the victim was murdered with a stone.

‘I went to site and I saw how he killed Chigozie. He tied him up and was making incantation before hitting him with a stone three times. He said he would kill me if I told anybody. He also showed me his juju knife and that he would use it to kill me if I told anyone.”

The Muslim cleric however denied the allegation of being a ritualist. According to him, he is a cultist.

“I was in my house sleeping when I heard people shouting. When I came out, I saw some policemen and when I asked, I was told that they saw a dead child. I went back inside, and 30 minutes later, the police came back and arrested me. I don’t know the boy and I have never spoken to him.”

But while he was speaking, Simon interrupted and said:

“You are lying. He was giving me sign with his eyes not to talk. I saw you when you were using the stone to hit him until he died’’

After thorough investigation, the dead boy was found in the uncompleted building.

This is just sad.