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Monday, 20 January 2014

Ejigbo Pepper Theft: 8 Arrested For Torturing Women

Ejigbo Pepper Theft/Torture Update: The Punch reports that the Lagos State Police Command has arrested 8 men in connection with the torturing of 2 women in the Ejigbo, Lagos.

The suspects were said to have been arrested on Saturday afternoon after authorities at the Ejigbo Market were given an ultimatum by the monarch, Oba Moruf Ojoola of Ejigbo. 

The Lagos State House of Assembly had earlier set up a committee to investigate the matter, following pressure from civil society and social media outrage.

The video of the 2 women, stripped naked and tortured for allegedly stealing pepper, went viral on the Internet, drawing nationwide condemnation. One of the women, it was later revealed, died due to the injuries she sustained.

It was learnt that although the images of the assailants did not appear in the amateur video footage, traders were said to have identified and exposed them after the market was shut indefinitely by the monarch on the condition that they produce the suspects.

The efforts were said to have paid off after the market leaders took the culprits to the palace of the king.

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