The Nigeria Police have arrested 12 suspects in connection with the torture of a mother and her two daughters at the Oba Morufu International Market, Ejigbo, Lagos state.
A press statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Mr. Franl Mba, Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) named the suspects to include: Isiaka Waidi (the Baba-Oja of the market) said to be the mastermind of the dastardly act which culminated in the incident.
Others are: Haruna Abdullahi and Buhari Yusuf who mixed the concoction of pepper and alcoholic spirit that were applied on the bodies, as well as the private parts of the victims, Saheed Adisa, Lateef Tijani, Ahmed Adisa, Oloruntoyin Dauda a.k.a Iya-Oja, and Adenkule Adenuga, Jimoh Busari and Azeez Akinosun.
The Police have also declared wanted an alleged member of OPC, simply identified as Tiri, who was captured in the video footage stripping naked one of the victims; Ajoke Agoma, mother of the two other female victims in the presence of her husband; as well as Otepa Oluronti, Akeem and Machael Abolore, whose whereabouts were unknown but who have been implicated in the crimes.
The Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), Force Criminal Investigation Department (Lagos Annex) had taken over the investigation from the Lagos State Police Command earlier in the year on the orders of the inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Abubakar.
It would be recalled that The victims were tortured and dehumanized by persons who claimed to be members of Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) providing security at the market, and some market association officials who subsequently extorted N50,000, from the father of the victims in return for their freedom.
One of the victims, Juliana Agoma, a national of Republic of Benin, was moved back to Cotonou by her father where she subsequently died allegedly from injuries sustained in the torture.