Saturday, 24 September 2016
Men Who Poured Pepper Into Woman, Daughter’s Private Part Arrested At Oba’s Palace In Lagos
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 11 pm 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 gang’ 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 “ Juliana” 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 tapper ’ 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 Oba’ 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
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
daughters recovered .
Mr. Freeman’ s family is also expected to be
N50, 000 , Gang , Palm wine tapper , crime of
murder, Ejigbo community , Ground pepper