Abuja - Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar, has ordered a crack team of detectives from the Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Force Criminal Investigation Department to immediately take over of the so-called Ejigbo pepper torture case.
Until the directive, Lagos State Police Command had been handling the case.
According to Frank Mba, Force Police Public Relations Officer, the transfer would ensure the speedy delivery of justice, promote the rule of law, discourage impunity and defend the fundamental human rights of Nigerians, particularly the victims of the alleged torture.
“The IGP wishes to assure all Nigerians especially the family of the victims and other relevant stakeholders that the Police will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that justice is done in the Ejigbo case. He calls on all Nigerians to continually partner with the Nigeria Police particularly in the area of providing relevant information, promising to protect the confidentiality of all informants and whistleblowers at all times,” said Mba.
Mba added that the IGP commended the media, members of the human rights community, led by Joe Okei-Odumakin of Women Arise for Change, and all members of the public whose patriotism, advocacy and concern led to the exposure of this “atrocious” crime.
“Their constructive partnership with the Police, the IGP noted, has had a salutary effect on the ongoing investigation so far,” said Mba from the Force Headquarters in Abuja.
Earlier this week, police arrested eight men in connection with the torture of two women in Ejigbo in Lagos.
The arrest came after two women were allegedly stripped naked and tortured for allegedly stealing pepper.
One of the women is said to have died from the resultant injuries.
– CAJ News