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 Family demands justice over assault on 75-year-old woman in Lagos

By Bertram Nwannekanma
08 December 2021   |   2:48 am
The family of a 75-year old woman, Mrs. Janet Oyedele, who was assaulted for allegedly dabbling into chieftaincy issues in Mile 12, Lagos, has called for justice.

[FILES] Some policemen at Mile 12, Ketu, Lagos

The family of a 75-year old woman, Mrs. Janet Oyedele, who was assaulted for allegedly dabbling into chieftaincy issues in Mile 12, Lagos, has called for justice.
 
The woman, who lives at14 Ogunyinka Street Erunkan, Mile 12 in Lagos State is now writhing in pain after she was assaulted by one of the boys in the community.

 
Mrs. Oyedele, who now limps from injuries sustained from the incident, recalled that she just had finished eating her breakfast on November 12, when the culprit rushed into her shop.
   
Narrating her ordeal, she said: “I really don’t know what I did for the boy to assault me. I just finished eating my food that morning when the boy came in saying: Mama what did we do to you? He started pointing accusing fingers at my face and I said what is the matter between us?  
 
“He said that I was broadcasting his name that he wanted to kill my husband (Baba Oyedele). I told him that I was not Baba Oyedele.”
  
The victim recalled how the assailant in question continued to accuse her of being the brain behind the community’s inability to have a new Baale (community leader) since the demise of the last Baale.
 
She explained that before she could say a word, he gave her a heavy blow on her chest and pushed her to the wall.
 
“My leg was broken and I went into a coma. By that time everybody in the community had gathered,” she lamented.
     
Daughter of the victim, Olabisi is calling for justice as her mother is not directly or indirectly involved in the chieftaincy matter, even though her husband is one of those in charge of who becomes the next Baale.
    
Recalling the ugly incident, Olabisi expressed sadness at the assault on her mother, stressing that she is planning to take her to MECURE for treatment.
   
She regretted that the assailant knew that her mother did not have anybody that would fight for her that is why she was treated that way.
 
 
“But I know that the government was going to fight for her. I am calling on the human rights community to use the occasion of the human rights day yesterday to fight her cause.
 
“The case is now with Alapere police station and I want the public to prevail on them to ensure that justice is done,” she said.  
   
When The Guardian visited the station, a senior police officer confirmed the incident but declined further information on the matter.
  
The Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, Adekunle Ajisebutu, did not pick calls put across to his mobile telephone number.

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