One Solomon Ajisafe, has brutally tortured his girlfriend, Tope Amuda, over alleged infidelity on Aminu Toyin Street in the Igbo Olomu, Ikorodu West area of Lagos State.
34-year-old Ajisafe, his mother who is a leader in the Oodua People’s Congress, as well as some thugs reportedly flogged Amuda with canes before parading her all over the community and subsequently inserted some ground pepper into her vagina to teach her a lesson around 7pm on Sunday, June 14, 2015.
Speaking about the brutality, a resident, simply identified as Adunni said the OPC members foiled the attempt made by some neighbours to save 25-year-old Amuda from Osun State.
She 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.”
The General Secretary, Igbo Olomu Community Development Association, and Coordinator, Women Arise Initiative in the area, Adebayo Obatungbase, said she reported the matter at the Igbo Olomu Police Division, reported Punch.
Obatungbase said the community was planning to send away Ajifase’s mother from the community.
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.”
On his own part, the Chairman, Igbo Olomu CDA, Michael Adekoya, described the incident as “sheer acts of wickedness.”
He said, “The police are trying, but we need special attention from the government. This community has turned to something else. Why would a normal human being insert pepper in a woman’s private parts?”
Ajifase who spoke ill about the victim who he dated for about 4 years said, “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.”
Ajifase’s sister-in-law, Ayomide Ajayi, a nursing mother, who was arrested alongside the suspect pleaded that she did nothing to deserve an arrest.
Ajayi, 27, said, “I don’t know anything about the allegation. You can ask her.”
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.”
A source from the police expressed suspicion that the victims must have been 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.”
Meanwhile, Ajifase, and Ajayi have been arraigned before an Ikorodu Magistrate’s Court on three counts of assault while his mum and others are still at large.
The charges read in part, “That you, Solomon Ajisafe, Ayomide Ajayi and others now at large, on June 14, 2015, at about 7pm on Aminu Toyin Street, Igbo-Olomu, Lagos, in the Ikorodu Magisterial District, did assault one Opeyemi Amuda by beating her with cane all over her body; that you indecently and unlawfully assault her by inserting pepper and a bottle inside her vagina, which caused her bodily harm.”
The defendants pleaded not guilty.
The magistrate ordered that they be remanded in custody while the victim should be taken to a rehabilitation centre.
He also directed that the case file be forwarded to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions, for legal advice.
The case was adjourned till Wednesday, July 15, 2015.