Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Photos - EJIGBO-3 torture suspects finally paraded...

10 suspects implicated in the EJIGBO 3 torture incident were today paraded during a press conference held this morning at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) offices in Lagos. The 10 suspects included the Babaloja and Iyaloja who ordered the torture of the 3 women victims. The press briefing had in attendance Dr Joe Odumakin, head of Women Arise for Change Initiative, Police PPRO Frank Mba, Anti-robbery squad DCP Chris Ejike and Ngozi Braide, Lagos police PRO. More photos after cut..


Above: The chief suspect - Babaloja (mkt leader) who ordered the torture and eviction of the victims from the community.  He also allegedly extorted money from the husband\father of the victims Mr. Freemah Agomoh (palm wine tapper).

Above: After the press briefing at SARS today (Feb 25). (L-R) Police PPRO Frank Mba, Dr. Joe Odumakin, Head - Anti-robbery squad DCP Chris Ejike, Betty Abah and Ngozi Braide, Lagos police PRO

POLICE PRESS STATEMENT

The Nigeria Police Force has arrested and will soon charge to court twelve (12) suspects connected with the torture of three (3) women at Oba Morufu International Market, Ejigbo, Lagos. Two of the victims who were young girls were arrested along with their mother, tortured and dehumanized by persons who claimed to be members of Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) providing security at the market, and some market association officials who subsequently extorted the sum of fifty thousand naira from the father of the victims in return for their freedom. One of the victims, Juliana Agoma, a national of Republic of Benin, was moved back to Cotonou by her father where she subsequently died allegedly from injuries sustained in the torture. 

The suspects include: Isiaka Waidi (the Baba-Oja of the market) said to be the mastermind of the dastardly act which culminated in the arrest, debasement, torture and extortion of fifty thousand naira, Haruna Abdullahi and Buhari Yusuf who mixed the concoction of pepper and alcoholic spirit that were applied on the bodies, including the privates of the victims. Others include: Saheed Adisa, Lateef Tijani, Ahmed Adisa, Oloruntoyin Dauda a.k.a Iya-Oja, Adenkule Adenuga, Jimoh Busari and Azeez Akinosun.

It will be recalled that earlier this year, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP MD Abubakar, CFR, NPM, mni, psc had, in view of his concern towards ensuring the speedy delivery of justice in this case, ordered the immediate takeover of its investigation by the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), Force Criminal Investigation Department (Lagos Annex) from the Lagos State Police Command. Consequently, a team of crack detectives led by DCP Chris Ezike swung into action and conducted discreet investigations in line with standard best practices, during which the suspects in connection with the matter were arrested.

The Police have also declared wanted the following suspects: Tiri, an alleged member of OPC who was captured in the video footage and 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 and Machael Abolore whose whereabouts are yet unknown but who have been implicated in having played active roles in the heinous crimes against the victims.  

Meanwhile, the IGP has 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 important contributions have tremendously assisted the Police in this and other matters relating to human dignity, safety and security. He however calls on the general public to assist the Police with information that will lead to the arrest of the fleeing suspects.

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