The women were tortured for allegedly stealing pepper.
The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, on Tuesday ordered the Force Criminal Investigation Department, FCID, to take over investigation of the alleged torture of two women at Ejigbo market, Lagos, from the Lagos State Police Command.
The two women, who reportedly lived close to the market, were tortured there by some men after being accused of stealing pepper. One of the women eventually died from injuries sustained during the incident which occurred in February, 2013.
The Ejigbo Divisional Police Officer, Oliver Abbey, was accused of showing laxity on the case, after he expressed doubts that the incident happened within the community.
The Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, in a statement, said the investigation was transferred to the FCID in an effort to ensure speedy delivery of justice and to discourage the promotion of impunity in the country.
”In a decisive resolve geared towards ensuring the speedy delivery of justice, promoting the rule of law, discouraging impunity and defending the fundamental human rights of Nigerians, particularly the alleged victims of the “Ejigbo pepper torture”, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP M. D. Abubakar CFR, NPM, mni, has ordered an immediate takeover of the case, suspect(s) and all exhibits related to the matter from the Lagos State Police Command by a crack team of detectives from the Federal SARS, (Lagos Annex), Force Criminal Investigation Department,” Mr. Mba said.
Mr. Abubakar assured Nigerians and families of the victims that the police would leave no stone unturned in ensuring justice in the Ejigbo case.
Promising to protect the confidentiality of informants and whistle-blowers, the Inspector General called on Nigerians to always partner with the police in providing relevant information.
He also commended the media, members of the human rights community and all members of the public whose patriotism, advocacy, and concern led to the exposure of this atrocious crime.