Ejigbo Pepper Sodomy And Murder Case : 10 Suspects Arrested ; Police seek 4 Others
The Nigerian Police Force arrested twelve suspects today in connection with the torture of three women at the Oba Morufu International Market, Ejigbo, Lagos.
According to police, people who claim to be members of Oodua People's Congress (OPC) who provide security at the market tortured two young girls and their mother. One of the girls, Juliana Agoma subsequently died as a result of her injuries.
According to a police statement, issued by Abjua Police Headquarters, (PRO) Frank E. Mba, the suspects include:
Isiaka Waidi – the Baba-Oja of the market – said to be the mastermind of the crime of debasement, torture and extortion of fifty thousand naira,
Haruna Abdullahi and Buhari Yusuf who mixed the concoction of pepper and alcoholic spirit applied on the bodies of the girls and women, including their genitals.
Others include: Saheed Adisa, Lateef Tijani, Ahmed Adisa, Oloruntoyin Dauda a.k.a Iya-Oja, Adenkule Adenuga, Jimoh Busari and Azeez Akinosun.
The Police are also seeking Tiri, an alleged member of OPC who took the video footage.
Tiri is also alleged to have stripped naked one of the victims, Ajoke Agoma, mother of the two other female victims in the presence of her husband, Otepa Oluronti, Akeem.
Police are also seeking Michael Abolore whose whereabouts is unknown but is implicated in having played an active role in the crime.
According to the statement, the arrests come as the result of an investigation by the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad and Force Criminal Investigation Department (Lagos Annex) from the Lagos State Police Command, led by DCP Chris Ezike.
According to the statement, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, MD Abubakar who ordered the investigation commended the Human Rights, Civil Society, and Women Support Groups as well as the Office of the Public Defender, Lagos State Ministry of Justice and all other stakeholders whose contributions assisted the Police.
IGP Abubakar requests any further information from the public that could lead to the arrest of the remaining suspects.