A 25-year-old Islamic cleric, Alfa Rahmon Alabi, has been reportedly murdered in strange circumstances by hoodlums suspected to be cultists because he refused to buy Indian Hemp (Igbo), for them.
The incident which happened on Thursday, July 9, at the Ayobo area of Lagos State, has thrown the community into a frenzy and apprehension.
It was gathered that the Iseyin, Oyo State indigene, was on his way to the Mosque to conduct the Tahajjud (Night Prayer), when the hoodlums accosted him and requested he bought marijuana for them, but he refused, saying doing such against his Islamic faith, abusing them in the process.
The apparently ‘stoned’ hoodlums reportedly became angry and attacked him and in the process, stabbed him with knives and bottles after dispossessing him of his phones and money.
One of Alfa Rahmon’s friends narrated how the ugly incident happened:
“Alfa was very popular around here and we all loved him. He had nothing to do with cultism. In fact, he served as the Muezzin (Islamic faithful who calls for prayers), and also woke people up with songs every morning for the Sahur, preparatory to the fasting.
On Thursday night, he said he was going for prayer. When he got to Kaka Junction, the cult members stopped him and told him to buy hemp for them.
He refused and said he was on his way to the mosque for a prayer. He showed them his Quran as a proof.
Then the cultists said if he knew what was good for him, he would buy the hemp because they were Eiye members (cultists).
He replied them and said, ‘The Eiye (birds) I know, do not live with humans, they stay in the forest’. They became angry that he had the boldness to reply them. They then collected his phones and stabbed him.”
A community leader, Demola Olota, said four of the six cult members that perpetrated the crime had been arrested by the police.