A 43-year-old Islamic studies teacher, Abdulsalam Salaudeen, has been arrested by operatives of the Lagos State Police Command for defiling a five-year-old girl.
The arrest was made possible by an informant, who walked into the Police Command to provide video evidence of the defiling of the pupil by the cleric cum teacher.
Salaudeen, who lives 16, Awoyemi Street, Igando Road, Ikotun, Lagos, was recorded on video while engaging in the act.
After watching the video, the Commissioner, Lagos State Police Command, Edgal Imohim, directed the command’s undercover operatives attached to the State Intelligence Bureau to immediately arrest the culprit and hand him over to the Gender Section for detailed investigation.
The operatives went in search of Salaudeen and arrested him near a mosque in Igando, a suburb of Lagos.
A statement by the police spokesman, Chike Oti, said Salaudeen was taken to the Gender Unit, where the Officer-in-Charge, Abimbola Williams, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, confronted him with the video of him defiling the child by penetrating her anus and private parts.
“On seeing himself captured like an actor in a movie, the suspect broke down in tears and owned up to the crime,” Oti said.
The case, he added, will be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded.
Oti said: “The CP, while commending the courageous act of the good Nigerian, warned parents and guardians to keep constant watch over their children and wards.
“Nobody should be trusted. Be friends with your children and let them be free to share things with you.
“Do not cover up any crime, no matter who is involved. Raise the alarm on child molesters in your neighbourhood so they can face the law and other nursing such thoughts can be deterred.”
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