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Lagos lawmakers offer N1.25m reward for pepper seller sodomy case

09 January 2014, 21:14

Lagos - Lawmakers in Lagos State on Wednesday promised to pay N1.25 million to anyone with useful information on the alleged indecent assault on two women accused of stealing pepper in Ejigbo area in 2013.

Dr Ajibayo Adeyeye, who is the Chairman of the Ad hoc Committee set up by the Lagos State House of Assembly to look into the issue, announced the offer in Ikeja.

Adeyeye (APC-Kosofe II), who is also the House Majority Leader, spoke at a stakeholders’ meeting held to uncover the perpetrators of the act.

He said that the assembly would do everything to defend the dignity of people as stipulated in the 1999  Constitution.

“So, the committee will offer the sum of N1million while I will personally offer N250 000 to whoever will give detailed information on the evil perpetrators,” he said.

Adeyeye said members of the House were convinced that the victims lived in Ejigbo area of the state and that they stole pepper from a market in the area.

The lawmaker said that the harassment of the women as shown in the video and on the Internet was ``barbaric, inhuman and condemnable."

He said that no Nigerian deserved such treatment, no matter the offence committed.

According to Adeyeye, the state government will not condone any act of inhumanity to man.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the video recording of the assault was played at the stakeholders meeting.

It showed the perpetrators molesting the women and stripping them naked for allegedly stealing pepper.

Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, the President, Women Arise for Change Initiative, an NGO, had appealed to the lawmakers to pursue the matter to a logical conclusion.



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