Ten persons were, on Tuesday, arraigned by the Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecutions, before Justice OluwatoyinIpaye, in connection with the torture of three women for stealing pepper, at Oba Morufu International Market, in Ejigbo, on February11,2013.
They were arraigned on a 19-count charge bordering on conspiracy, attempted murder, sexual assault, maliciously administering poison, obtaining money by false pretences and deprivation of liberty.
The accused were the market leader, IsiakaWaidi, Buhari Yusuf,AbdullahiHaruna and SaheedAdisa.
Others were Lateef Tijani, Ahmed Adisa, AzeezAkinosun,JimohBusari,AdekunleAdenuga and OloruntoyinDauda.
According to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mrs. Idowu Alakija, the accused “had tortured the trio of Nike Salami, Juliana and Joke Agomo, for allegedly stealing pepper at the market.”
Alakija said the women “were beaten up, stripped and pepper was rubbed over their bodies by the suspects, who are members of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC).”
The defendants were also alleged to have inserted sticks and obnoxious substances into the women’s private parts, while the incident was recorded with a mobile phone.
They were also accused of obtaining the sum of N50,000 from one FimaAgomo, who is a relative of the victims by claiming that the money would be used to repay the traders whose pepper had been stolen.
According to her, their offences contravened Sections 44, 127 (1) 171,228 (2), 241,243, 259, 270, 312, 408 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty, when the charge was read to them.
The judge ordered them to be remanded in prison custody pending the hearing and determination of their bail applications fixed for May 21.