An Ikeja High Court of Lagos on Monday ordered the remand in prisons of 10 persons who allegedly conspired to torture three women for allegedly stealing pepper at Oba Morufu Market in Ejigbo in Oshodi/Isolo Local Government, Lagos, on February 11, 2013.
The court presided over by Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye ordered the remand of nine men and a woman after their arraignment by the Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecutions.
They are to remain in custody pending the hearing and determination of their bail applications fixed for May 21.
Those arraigned before the court on Tuesday were the market leader, Isiaka Waidi (61), Buhari Yusuf (22), Abdullahi Haruna (20) and Saheed Adisa (29).Others were Lateef Tijani (37), Ahmed Adisa (65), Azeez Akinosun (36), Jimoh Busari (50), Adekunle Adenuga (38) and Oloruntoyin Dauda (46), who is the only female defendant.
The accused were arraigned on a 19-count charge bordering on conspiracy, attempted murder, sexual assault, maliciously administering poison, obtaining money by false pretenses and deprivation of liberty.
The Director of Public Prosecutions, Mrs Idowu Alakija informed the accused had tortured the trio of Nike Salami, Juliana and Joke Agomo for allegedly stealing pepper at the market.
Alakija said the women were beaten, stripped and pepper was rubbed over their bodies by the suspects who are members of the O’dua Peoples Congress.
She also said the accused persons had inserted sticks and obnoxious substances into the women’s private parts while the incident was recorded with a mobile phone.
They were also accused of obtaining the sum of N50, 000 from one Fima Agomo, who is a relative to the victims, claiming that the money would be used to repay the traders whose pepper had been allegedly stolen.
The offences committed by the accused persons, according to Mrs. Alakija, contravene Sections 44, 127 (1) 171,228 (2), 241,243, 259, 270, 312, 408 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them.

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