Nike, a 12 year old girl who was one of the three victims of suspected OPC members who tortured 3 pepper sellers in Ejigbo, Lagos state, for allegedly stealing pepper worth 50 naira, has advocated death penalty for the suspects for causing her step-sister’s death. Nike, who was the third and youngest of the victims, appeared at the public hearing ordered by the Lagos State House of Assembly to investigate the incident which occurred in February 2012. At the hearing, she identified three men as the ones who tortured herself and her step sister for stealing pepper worth 50 Naira.
She further revealed that one of the suspects (who was without a shirt in the viral video) had promised to set a trap for her because she rejected his advances. She identified the man who wore jeans as ‘Tirin,’ the man who wore native attire called ‘ankara’ as Jibola, the third man, ‘Abolore’ and ‘Baba Oja.’ She also said that she witnessed the murder of a certain individual by the said men at the same location where they tortured her family members.Nike, who was unaware of her sister’s death as a result of the severe injuries sustained, was asked what penalty she wanted for the criminals and she said “the people that kill somebody, they use to kill them.”
At the hearing, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Kuforiji, redeemed the 1 million Naira promise made by the ad-hoc Chairman to the family who helped in locating the victims. Part of the money was given to the victims.
The case has been handed over to the Office of the Public Defender