Men Who Poured Pepper Into Woman, Daughterâ€™s Private Part Arrested At Obaâ€™s Palace In Lagos
Saharareporters has learned of the arrest of all the
perpetrators of a bestial torture and sodomy of three women
in Ejigbo which happened February last year.
The arrest of the sodomy gang, Saharareporters was
reliably informed, happened at the palace of Oba Moruf Adisa
Ojoola of Ejigbo earlier today.
The arrest was possible due to immense pressure on Oba
Moruf himself, he reportedly got all the men assembled at his
palace around 11pm Saturday night. The gathering of the
gang by Oba Moruf followed a closure of the market
yesterday, which prevented the market men and women
from carrying out their trading activities until the perpetrators
were identified and brought to book.
The gangâ€™s torture and sodomizing of a lady by thrusting of
a bottle of ground pepper and sticks in her private part had
resulted in her death, two months after. She was later
identified as â€œJulianaâ€ by her father, a palm wine tapper, who
revealed that he also lost a toddler in the incidence as his
wife, mother of the baby while being tortured by the gang
was not allowed to attend to the baby.
In addition to torture, the gang also destroyed the palm wine
tapperâ€™s house and banished him from the community, after
he was made to pay N50,000 as fine to secure the release of
his wife and two daughters.
On Thursday, last week, Oba Moruf was invited by the
Lagos Assembly Committee regarding the investigation into
the crime. A source familiar with the meeting of the Oba with
the committee told our correspondent that the Obaâ€™s
demeanor at the meeting was cooperative, and he did not
spend much time. The previous day, Wednesday, the Iyaloja
(Ejigbo Market women leader) also visited the committee on
invitation. She was accompanied by her husband, who
pledged support toward the investigation.
The Babaloja, who allegedly received a fine from the palm
wine tapper and also supervised his banishment, did not
honor an invitation by the committee. He gave the excuse
that he had injury on his leg. But sources in the market said
the Babaloja may have had the injury when he scaled a fence
to escape arrest by a police team that visited the market for
investigation last week.
At a public hearing upon constitution of the Lagos Assembly
committee, the police, the local government chairman,
market women and other members of the Ejigbo
community had denied knowledge of the crime, even as
sources from the community insisted the crime happened in
the public glare.
As efforts progressed into finding the perpetrators, the
police, through its DPO in Ejigbo, CSP Oliver Abbey had
clearly shown complicity and laxity by claiming it doubted
the event happened at all, evidently by doing nothing about
it. CSP Abbey was later deployed out of the area after his
compromised position became clear to his superiors.
It is expected that the arrested gang would be tried for the
crime of murder, and the illegal sum collected from Mr.
Freeman, the palm wine tapper to secure his wife and
Mr. Freemanâ€™s family is also expected to be rehabilitated.
N50,000, Gang, Palm wine tapper, crime of murder, Ejigbo
community, Ground pepper
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