Islamic Cleric, Who Raped 16-Year-Old Student, Appears in Court

Habeebulah Abdulrahman, the Osun-based Islamic cleric, who raped a 16-year-old, was arraigned in a Magistrate court, Ede division, on Thursday.

Mr Abdulrahman was arrested on Monday and detained by the Osun State Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

PREMIUM TIMES , in an exclusive report , published how Mr Abdulrahman (popularly known as Al-Edewy) raped the victim, a student of his Islamic school in Ede, a town in Osun State.

Although the cleric did not deny sleeping with the girl. He claimed he married her a day before the ‘first rape incident’.

Mr Abdulrahman could not provide any evidence of marriage as the girl and her family debunked the marriage claims.

“Barely four days after I joined the Islamic school, he asked me to marry him but I said my studies will be affected and that he is too old for me even if I want to marry anyone at all,” the victim told this newspaper.

The Nigerian law largely bans marriage to persons below 18 years.

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