Woman Seeks Favour Charm, Dies In Cleric’s House In Lagos

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Akanbi (L), Kareem (R). Photo credit: Punch

An Islamic cleric, Isiaka Akanbi, is facing Police interrogation for alleged murder of Raliatu Kareem,  62, who visited him in his Olodi Apapa residence in Lagos. Kareem, said to the cleric’s customer for about two decades, departed her home at Ope-Ewe Street, Agbado Ijaiye on 25 October to visit her sister whose daughter put to bed, and afterward the cleric. Kareem did not return to her house two days after, which arose a suspicion which led her  20-year old son, Abdulahi, report her missing at Tolu Police Station, Olodi Apapa. The policemen later visited the clerics, who initially denied meeting with the missing woman. Akanbi later confessed to the police that truly they met and Kareem died in his place. Akanbi told the police he did not murder her, and had dumped her corpse on the Marine bridge located within the vicinity. The corpse could not be found when the police and the policemen got there, bringing about a thought that Akanbi might actually have dumped Kareem’s corpse in the lagoon. Akanbi also confessed to have buried the deceased’s bangles and wallets near his house to avoid any trace to him. The deceased’s son, Abdulai told Punch Metro that he was familiar with the clerics, who had been to their house a couple of times before.  “I have seen the man in our house a number of times. But … we want him to produce that corpse so that we can bury her appropriately.” While the corpse has not been found, Akanbi maintained innocence of the allegation and claimed he used to do favour charms for deceased and other traders.

The case has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigations Department, Yaba, for further investigation, the Lagos Police Command said.

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