BY OLASUNKANMI AKONI & IKECHUKWU NNOCHIRI
ABUJA — The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, yesterday, said it will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that all persons involved in the alleged torture of a woman and her daughters at Ejigbo market in Ejigbo Local Council Development Area of Lagos State are made to account for their actions.
Similarly, the Lagos State House of Assembly, has directed the state Ministry of Justice, Office of the Public Defender, OPD, to take over the case of two women accused of stealing pepper in a market.
This came even as the state House of Assembly, fulfilled its promise of a N1.25million reward to individuals, who provide information that would lead to apprehension of culprits involved in the assault.
The Executive Secretary of NHRC, Professor Bem Angwe, said in a statement by the Chief Press Officer of the Commission, Mrs. Fatimah Muhammad, that the commission has waded into the matter and was expecting a report on the investigation going on in order to ensure the enforcement of the rights of the victims.
“A woman, her daughter and her step daughter were subjected to unbelievable acts of torture and brutalisation for allegedly stealing pepper at Ejigbo market, a suburb of Lagos State, recently.”
According to Angwe, the commission will “invoke its full powers in ensuring that those who perpetrated the dastardly act are brought to justice,” adding that the Commission under its mandate “will not only bark, but bite at those who take interest in violating the rights of others.”
He said that the Lagos State office of the commission, has been directed to work with the police and other relevant stakeholders to ensure that the matter was properly and promptly investigated and alleged culprits prosecuted.
Meantime, the Speaker of Lagos Assembly, Mr. Adeyemi Ikuforiji at the presentation of the N1.25million reward money to the deserving informants, directed that the case be immediately handed over to OPD, specifically, to be handled by the Director, Mrs. Omotola Rotimi.
He condemned the assault, saying, “it is ungodly and dehumanising. In fact, I could not believe that such dastardly act happened in our own Lagos, especially in the 21st century.”
He commended the civil society organisations, especially Dr. Joel Okei Odumakin’s Women Arise For Change Initiative, Oba Moruf Ojoola, Ojon of Ejigbo, the Nigerian Police and Lagosians for their effort in fishing out the culprits.