A Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja has adjourned till March 3, the arraignment of the 10 persons accused to have tortured three women at Oba Morufu International Market in Ejigbo, a suburb of Lagos sometime in February 2013.
Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye announced the adjournment on Monday following the absence of nine of the 10 suspects in court.
The suspects are to be arraigned by Lagos State Government on 19 counts bordering on conspiracy, attempted murder, sexual assault, maliciously administering poison, obtaining money by false pretences and deprivation of liberty.
They include one Isiaka Waidi, Saheed Adisa, Lateef Tijani, Ahmed Adisa, Azeez Akinosun and Jimoh Busari.
Others are Adekunle Adenuga, Buhari Yusuf, Abdullahi Harun and Oloruntoyin Dauda.
The suspects were charged to court for their involvement in the torture and molestation of three women in Ejigbo.
They reportedly stripped the victims and rubbed pepper, an obnoxious substance, on their private parts on the purported claim that the victims stole pepper.
The prosecution also alleged that the suspects inserted sticks into the women’s private parts.
They were also accused of obtaining the sum of N50, 000 from one Fima Agomo, who is a relative of the victims, on the claim that the money would be used to repay the traders whose pepper were purportedly stolen.
When the matter came up in court on Monday, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mrs. Idowu Alakija, informed the court that all the suspects had been admitted to bail by a magistrate court and were probably not aware of the proceedings.
Alakija, therefore, asked for an adjournment to enable the prosecution to personally serve the defendants with the charge.
The judge, while acceding to the request, however, ordered the DPP to ensure that all the suspects were in court on the next adjournment date.
The judge also directed the Zonal Director of the Legal Aid Council to provide representation for the defendants in order to accelerate hearing of the case.