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Shock as Lagos Chief Flogs Pregnant Bread Seller to a Pulp

Shock as Lagos Chief Flogs Pregnant Bread Seller to a Pulp

Olasunkanmi's assaulted body

A pregnant woman has been severely battered and flogged to a pulp by a Lagos chief after she tried to save her friend from the hands of thugs.

It was shock and real drama as a chief in the Ijegun area, identified only as Ajiroba, allegedly assaulting a bread seller, Bukola Olasunkanmi, in the Isheri-Oshun area of the state.

It was gathered that Olasunkanmi, who was seven-month-old pregnant, was allegedly flogged several times by the chief and his thugs because she mediated in an argument involving some levy collectors and another bread seller at the Ijegun bus stop.

The flogging inflicted severe injuries on her body as she was rushed to a privated hospital, and later taken to the Igando General Hospital.

The wicked man was immediately arrested after the matter was reported at the Isheri Oshun police division.

However, Olasunkanmi claimed that after she reported the matter to the police, she had been receiving threat-to-life phone calls, which made her to write a petition to the state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, and the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in Zone 2, Onikan, Bala Hassan.

According to Punch, Olasunkanmi said that since the incident, she had been asked to report at the general hospital daily for checkups to ensure that the assault did not affect the pregnancy.

She said, “I work as a mobile bread vendor, and the assault happened on March 11, 2016, while I was supplying bread to a customer at the Ijegun bus stop. At a point in the transaction, I noticed that another bread vendor had thrown her wooden tray on the bonnet of my car.

“I realised that she was being harassed by some local levy collectors operating in the area. I intervened by pleading with the collectors to let her go as she strapped a baby to her back, I said, ‘Leave this woman alone.’

 “It was at this point that one Chief Ajiroba, accompanied by four hoodlums, emerged from a corner with a cane and began to flog me. I was beaten like a criminal at the bus stop despite being pregnant.

“I ran to the Isheri Osun division and reported the matter. Policemen thereafter followed me to the chief and he was detained that day. Although the chief has apologised to me, my fear is that strange people have been visiting my residence since the ecounter.

“Most of them warned me that my life was no longer safe as I dared to report a chief to the police. I want the police to help me out and ensure that justice is served in this matter. I go almost every day to the Igando General Hospital for checkups.”

Speaking on what happened that day after he was granted bail by the police, Ajiroba said that he had not met Olasunkanmi before that day. He added that Olasunkanmi and the bread seller were fighting and he flogged the two.

He said, “I did not know she was pregnant. I did not know her before that day. I saw two women fighting at the bus stop and I flogged both of them. I have been begging her to drop this matter.”

The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the arrest. He said investigation is still ongoing.

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