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Ejigbo Pepper Sodomy And Murder Case : Lagos Gov’t Moves Rest Of Victims And Family Into “Witness Protection”, Rewards Whistleblowers.


 

By SaharaReporters, New York

The Lagos State Assembly handed over the family of Mr. Freeman Agomah to the Office of the Public Defender today in the latest development in the Ejigbo pepper sodomy, torture and murder case.

The Lagos State Assembly told the family they would no longer live at their residence but live far away from the area to help them overcome the trauma. Mr. Agomah and his wife were given N500,000.

Mr. Agomah’s wife and two daughters were tortured and sodomized by a gang of men in Ejigbo, allegedly last February.  One of the daughter’s Juliana died as a result of her injuries two months later.

A video of the horrific incident went viral on the internet leading to public outrage and a demand for a full investigation.  The Lagos State Assembly held a public hearing this month.  A criminal gang has since been arrested accused of the torture, extorting money from Mr. Agomah, and banishing the family from their residence in Ejigbo. The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar had earlier directed federal detectives in Lagos to take over the case from the Lagos command.

At the Assembly public hearing a reward of N1.25million  was offered for any information leading to an arrest of the perpetrators, and information about the family.  A woman who contacted Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, President of Women Arise through her Facebook page told her of the whereabouts of the family, was rewarded N500, 000. An elderly Ejigbo man whom gave information that led to the arrest of the gang was rewarded with N250,000.

Mr. Agomah’s daughter, a teenager also sodomized by the vigilante gang gave testimony today.   She was 12 years old when the incident happened.   The family had moved her to Ilorin, Kwara State to help her forget the incident, and continue her schooling.

During her testimony, she said she was sodomized with pepper after the gang had finished with her stepsister, Juliana.  She gave names of the gang members saying she knew them all, and that one of them had asked her out before but she had turned him down.

She said he made mockery and fun of her exposed parts during the torture, quoting him saying, “You rejected my love advances and now I hope you can see that I have it by other chance.”

Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, President of Women Arise told Saharareproters, only now could she relax since seeing the horrible video, “I could not sleep, I could not feed well and I did not actually feel we were in a festive period because I was totally devastated looking at how a fellow woman was being dehumanized.”

“But now that the perpetrators have been apprehended and the family rehabilitated, although it’s sad that one of them is dead, if someone greets me my own Christmas and New Year greeting, I will answer. I could not answer it at the time when I saw the clip,” she said.

She called on the government to enact a law that criminalizes jungle justice. She added that fellow citizens could relate similar injustices to her through her Facebook page, facebook.com/jokeiodumakin so that collective actions could be taken on issues of human dignity and violation of rights.

Inspector General of Romance: Police IG MD Abubakar Set To Remarry In September.


 

IGP MD Abubakar and lady Safiya in a photo shoot preparatory to their wedding
By SaharaReporters, New York

Nigeria‘s Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar is set to remarry about a year after he lost his wife, Maryam Abubakar, to cancer in January 2012.

The IGP will be engaging in a three-day wedding ritual to a popular 35 year-old Safiya according to sources close to the Mr. Abubakar. The wedding proper will take place on Septemeber 14, 2013. Saharareporters obtained a photo from a series of photos taken during a photo shoot in preparation for the grand wedding.

Abubakar resumes as IG.


Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar 

The acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, assumed duties at the Force Headquarters, Abuja on Thursday.

Abubakar, who got to the Loius Edet House around 12.30pm, inspected a guard of honour at the gate before proceeding to the 7th floor office of the IG where he spent over two hours with his predecessor, Mr. Hafiz Ringim.

Addressing journalists after the handover, the acting IG declared his readiness to combat crime in the country and corruption within the Police, pledging to lead by example.

He promised his administration would be different from previous ones, saying every policeman would be involved in battling crime in the country.

He said he would take the training of policemen seriously, adding that a state of emergency would be declared in all police training institutions across the country.

Abubakar said, “We shall all fight crime and criminalities together, whatever name you give it, Nigeria is our country, lets join hands in solving the problem facing us.”

He said he was not new to the challenges before the police, adding that he would want to be briefed first before unveiling his plans.

He said, “I’m indeed delighted today, may the Almighty God see us through. I don’t have enough speech because I’m taking over. I want to be fully briefed about the challenges and the difficulties facing the NPF today. I’m not a newcomer and I cannot run away from it but I do know the fact that we have a very challenging task and I want to assure all Nigerians that this administration will be different from every other administration because every officer and men of the police belong to the same family.

“We shall go every nook and cranny of this country and do what is expected of us in fighting crime. This administration will not tolerate any act of indiscipline, corruption and I intend to leave good example.

“Training is one programme we are lacking. We are giving police college and training institution a very serious challenge to be able to train officers and men of the police force.”

by Adelani Adepegba.

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