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Ejigbo Sodomy Torture: Victims Narrate Ordeal

Posted: May 22, 2015 at 4:52 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Judith Eshemitan –  Lagos


Ajoke Agomo, one of the victims accused of stealing pepper and subsequently tortured at the Oba Morufu International Market, Ejigbo, Lagos, on Thursday narrated her experience before Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of an Ikeja High Court.

Agomo, led in evidence by the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution, Mrs Idowu Alakija, said she was at home when the first defendant (Baba Oloja) came asking to know the whereabouts of her daughter.

According to her, “I told him that I did not know the whereabouts of my daughter, Nike, (after which) he started searching the house.

“When he sighted her at the gate he gave me a slap. As I rushed to tell my husband, he and another man named Tinrin had dragged my daughter away.

“When me and my husband got to the market place, they had already stripped my daughter and my step daughter (Julie) naked.

“They then proceeded to strip me naked and rubbed pepper all over my face and private part,” he lamented.

She also alleged that Baba Oloja (Market Leader) and others mixed the pepper with gin and rubbed it into their private parts, while stirring with a stick.

She said, “they then proceeded to beat us with pankere (cane). We were all pleading with them but they did not listen.

Baba Oloja now told my husband to bring N150,000, which we said we did not have. We then begged him and he collected N20,000 from us.”

Also speaking, Ajoke added that the Baba Oloja and his cohorts did not stop at that, as they demanded that their landlord ejects them from his apartment.

Thereafter, she said: “I sought refuge at a mechanic’s workshop and it was during this process that the baby (Janet) I was nursing died. I am not blaming anyone for her death. I accept that it is the will of God.”

Agomo further stated that she had to return to her hometown where the bruises she sustained during the ordeal were treated.

She added that she was later contacted by Dr. Joe Odumakin who took up her case and took her and her daughters to the National Assembly where they were given money to treat themselves.

Ajoke pleaded with the court to ensure justice for her and her daughters.

It would be recalled that the incident sparked national and international outrage when the recorded video of the women being stripped naked and tortured with sticks pepper and gin inserted in their private parts went viral.

Meanwhile, earlier in the proceeding, Justice Ipaye had granted bail to the 10 defendants charged in connection with the torture, attempted murder and sodomy of the women.

The defendants are: Isiaka Waidi, 61; Saheed Adisa, 29; Lateef Tijani, 37; Ahmed Adisa, 65; Azeez Akinosun, 36; Jimoh Busari, 50; Adekunle Adenuga, 38; Oloruntoyin Dauda, 46; Buhari Yusuf, 22; and Abdullahi Haruna, 20.

All the counsels to the defendants, in separate applications, urged the court to grant the defendants bail on liberal terms, noting that a lower court had on June 27, 2014 granted some of them bail and they have satisfied their bail conditions.

However, Alakija in her response maintained that although the court has discretion on whether the defendants should be granted bail, it is necessary that the court looks at the proof of evidence, severity of the sentence and gravity of the offense brought against them.

In her ruling on the bail applications brought by counsels of the defendants on Thursday, the judge held that she has considered the charge preferred against the 10 defendants and they are all innocent till proven guilty.

“I will be delivering one ruling on all the applications. It is equally settled that all defendants are innocent till proven guilty. Having considered the charge preferred against the 10 defendants, they are hereby granted bail in the sum of N250,000 each, two sureties in like sum, surety must be related by blood and must have paid tax for the period of three years, with evidence of livelihood within the state,” she ruled.

The trial was adjourned till July 14.