The Lagos State House of Assembly has constituted a 5-man Ad-hoc Committee to investigate human right abuse and unspeakable horrors of brutality, inflicted on a woman and her step daughter by some people in a Lagos market.
The woman and her step daughter were allegedly stripped naked in a market in Ejigbo and had their private parts inserted with pepper for alleged stealing offence.
The Speaker of the Assembly, Rt Hon Adeyemi Ikuforiji while constituting the committee, expressed sadness at the pace of investigation by the police and the Chairman of Ejigbo Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Kehinde Bamigbetan, nine months after the incident.
Ikuforiji berated the police and the council boss for their indifference attitude to the matter which had failed to unravel the mystery behind the incident and perpetrators of the dastard act.
Ikuforiji said “I got worried most not only because of the story but also because of the claim that the incident happened nine months ago”.
The five man Ad-hoc Committee is to be headed by the Assembly Leader, Hon Dr Ajibayo Adeyeye, Kosofe State Constituency 2. Other members of the committee are: Hon. Omowumi Olatunji-Edet, Oshodi-Isolo 2; Hon. Wahab Alawiye King, Lagos Island 2; Hon. Muyiwa Jimoh, Apapa 2; and Hon. Adefumilayo Tejuoso, Mushin 1.
They have four weeks to submit their report.
Speaking on the matter on the floor of the Assembly, Hon. Lola Akande, Ikeja 2; said the video was barbaric, horrific and condemnable. She stated that the culprits should be brought to book, an opinion that tallies with that of Hon Segun Olulade, Epe 2.
Most members who spoke on the floor of the Assembly condemned the action and describe it as barbaric.
The action of the lawmakers was preceded by a peaceful protest to the Assembly by protesters led by the Women Arise for Change Initiative, a non governmental organisation. The protesters led by Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin accused Bamigbetan of showing indifference attitude to the matter despite the fact that the incident occurred in his domain.
Bamigbetan was quoted as saying that the women deserved the punishment because they were thieves.
According to a press statement signed by Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, “there had been an outrage across the world since the video clip of the victims, stripped naked and mercilessly beaten with pepper and sodomised with strange objects went viral”.
The victims were a mother and her step-daughter accused of stealing pepper, while the husband and father was a palm-wine tapper.
Addressing the group earlier, Deputy Speaker of the Lagos Assembly, Hon. Kolawole Taiwo, Ajeromi-Ifelodun 2, promised the protesters that the Assembly would do justice to their complaints.
It was on this premise that the Assembly took the above action of setting up investigation committee, when the petition was eventually read on the floor of the House.