Muslim cleric caught while performing ritual slaughter on young girl to cleanse her of evil spiritsBy Mason White 12:48 PM March 31, 2014
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By: Sanvi Rizvi
A girl is lucky to be alive after a Muslim cleric was caught performing a ritual slaughter, police in Nigeria said.
Oyo State Police said that 37-year-old Isah Salaudeen, was arrested and charged with attempted murder after allegedly cutting 11-year-old Chiwendu Nkwocha.
According to witnesses at the scene, Salaudeen began cutting the girl’s throat with a knife and was in the process of getting a machete to finish her off. Nkwocha however, managed to escape.
Nkwocha, who resides at 11 Ogundimu Street, Lagos State, was brought to Salaudeen by her boyfriend, Bola, earlier this year so he could exorcise her evil spirits. Since then, Nkwocha underwent spiritual cleansing with herbs and holy water.
On the day of the attempted murder, Nkwocha said that the cleric covered her head with a cloth. Suddenly, she began feeling sharp pain in her throat so she got up and ran.
Nkwocha was transported to University College Hospital in Ibadan. Salaudeen was arrested. During questioning, he told police that the evil spirits of the girl forced him to try to kill Nkwocha.
Salaudeen also admitted to having sex with the young girl because she turned him on. The suspect will be brought before a magistrate’s court judge for a bail hearing, while charges are still pending.