A 34-year-old man, Solomon Ajisafe, has been arrested by the police for allegedly torturing his girlfriend, Tope Amuda, in the Igbo Olomu, Ikorodu West area of Lagos State. The incident happened last Sunday at about 7pm on Aminu Toyin Street.
According to reports from PUNCH, Solomon and his mother, Mrs Ajisafe, who is a leader in the Oodua People’s Congress, together with some hoodlums flogged Amuda with canes for alleged adultery.
Afterwards, she was taken round the community, before ground pepper was allegedly inserted in her private parts. Amuda lost her mind due to the trauma she suffered.
A resident, called Adunni, who witnessed the incident said:
“They did not allow anybody to rescue her. They made jest of her for hours as they took her round the community. I saw her; she was speaking to herself and was incoherent.
That was when I discovered that she had lost her mind.”
A police source said that it was possible Amuda was also flogged with a charm. The source said:
“When we picked her from the general hospital, she could barely walk.
They really dealt with her and she has been giving us some useful information on their occult operation.”
“I am a hardworking man and I had a son before I met her. We have dated for four years and during that period; there was no child between us. She has been a thorn in my flesh because she always made trouble with my family.
“She later fought with my mother and because of that, she decided to pack out of the house. Nine months later, she returned and said she was three months pregnant for me. That was when I beat her. I confessed to the police that I beat her up, but it was only a slap which made her eye to swell.”
Amuda, who spoke in Yoruba, said:
“He and his family members used bottle to insert pepper into my private parts.
I am done with this relationship. Let everybody go their separate ways.”
The community where this happened is planning to send away Solomon’s mother. A Women Arise Initiative leader in the area, Adebayo Obatungbase, said she reported the matter at the Igbo Olomu Police Division. She said:
“The suspect’s mother calls herself a prophetess, but she is also a member of the OPC.
We have decided to send her away from this community.”
The magistrate ordered that they be remanded in custody, adding that the case file be forwarded to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions, for legal advice.
While adjourning the case till July 15, 2015, the magistrate asked the police to take the victim to a rehabilitation centre.
Photo Credit: Samson Folarin for PUNCH