Tony Osauzo, Benin
Edo State Commissioner of Police Hakeem Odumosun declared on Tuesday that investigation into a case involving pepper being inserted into the vagina of an alleged sex worker in Benin City, over a supposed stolen mobile phone, showed that no such item was missing.
Addressing female protesters led by the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) and Edo State Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Yinka Omorogbe, the Commissioner said the victim was falsely accused of stealing a mobile phone just to extort money from her.
He assured the protesters that the police would carry out a thorough investigation to ensure the case is not thrown out by any judge.
Chairperson of FIDA Barr. Iryn Omorogiomwan urged the Commissioner to ensure investigations are expedited so that all the suspects are convicted if found guilty.
In her reaction to the incident, Edo State First Lady Mrs Betsy Obaseki said the crime against the victim, 24-year Favour Ada Friday, shocked human conscience and would not be tolerated by the people of Edo.
She said her husband was very upset and angered by the incident.
Meanwhile, Governor Godwin Obaseki has signed the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) bill into law, assuring that the law would take its course.
He condemned the action and said his administration would be fair to all.
The assault victim, Favour Ada Friday, was beaten and stripped naked by her accusers and raw pepper inserted into her vagina, despite her repeated denials of the accusation that she had stolen a mobile phone.
Friday was beaten after a native doctor had accused her of stealing a mobile phone.
Already, three persons including head of a vigilante group in Ugbiyoko community, Mr. Lucky Igbinovia, popularly known as One Man Squad, Joel Otoghile and Iyamu Kingsley, have been remanded in prison over the incident.