By Olufemi Ajasa
Reacting to the dehumanization of two women and Lagos residents in Ejigbo area, where the victims were brutally beaten, tortured with stick and pepper, recorded on video and uploaded on the internet with virile viewership, The President, Women for Change Initiative, Dr. Joe Oke-Odumakin, today, led other women advocates on a protest march to the Lagos State House of Assembly demanding for justice on behalf of the victims.
Speaking at the rally ground, Odumakin urged the law makers to use their good office in setting an inquiry into the incident and also seek that the Chairman of the Ejigbo, Local Government Community Development Area, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan be compelled to share his knowledge of the crime and what he has done in tracking down perpetrators.
“Council Chairman of Ejigbo Local Government, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan admitted the incident happened in his council area but till date nothing is done. What we don’t even know now is whether the victims survived the torture or not in that brutal incident which happened in February 2013.
We strongly believe that there is redemptive value for Lagos State in fishing out these criminals for punishment so that the state is not seen as a haven for atrocious human rights abuses, where barbaric and acts are tolerated by government officials.” She explained
Assuring the agitated group, The Deputy Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Kolawole Taiwo who received them replied saying a special hearing committee will be set up to look into the details of the incidence.
He assure the public that a proper investigation hearing will be given to the case, saying the house will bring market women leaders in the area, summon the Chairman of Ejigbo LCDA and others to gather information that guide the apprehension of the culprits.