QUEST FOR JUSTICE!
Nigeria as a country has its constitution which makes provision for human rights at all levels including freedom of religious practice and right to choose one’s favorable suitor (as husband or wife). In order to actualize this, there are governmental agencies assigned these responsibilities such as: Judiciary and law enforcement agencies. However, to one’s surprise, people have been deprived this human right as a result of corrupt attitude of individual working for the interest of justice, most especially, judges and policemen.
Here is the brief story of how judges and policemen fight against justice, but promote corruption and injustice.
There are cases of two young girls by names: Madeenah and Basheerah of ages 22 and 21 respectively, who are presently the victims of this sad story here in Ilorin. They were severely tortured on several occasions by their parents in collaboration with an Islamic cleric – Erolalijannah.
There was a time when these girls were confined and tortured in the custody of the so-called Erolalijannah for three days, after then they were transferred to a village, so that they could be sternly dealt with.
More shamefully, the policemen were involved in these scenarios but this did not yield fruitful result. Later on, when the torture got to its culmination, one of the two sisters (Basheerah) fled from home in December 2019, when her parent cared not to waste her life. While the second girl (Madeenah) was unfortunate to fall victim of abduction, rape and inhuman treatment by Erolalijannah – the masterminder of this event, Abdul-Fatai (a student of Erolalijannah) and her father. She was forcefully taken to a man’s house by name Abdul-Fatai (Erolalijannah’s student) without legal marriage, and later taken to a village where she faced a lot of inhuman treatments including beating and rape.
Presently, she is carrying an unwanted pregnancy (almost six months old). More importantly, when this girl (Madeenah) was taken back to Ilorin, she found her way out of the illegal husband’s house some months back, and her case was reported at the police headquarter and the case was filed in court.
Unfortunately, the content of the case was altered and the rape was removed by policemen before taking to court. This is very pathetic!
The worst part of this was that the criminals were released and the complainant (Madeenah) was detained and confined by the Judge’s ruling. But fortunately with the intervention of female lawyers who contacted the permanent secretary of woman affairs and the chief justice, the girl was released, and application for transfer of the case was submitted to the state high court.
Furthermore, the second girl (Basheerah) whose case has also been filed in court, was pronounced wanted after seventh month of leaving her father’s house after being disowned and oppressed. Unfortunately, two innocent gentle men were arrested on the 7th July, 2020 as suspects, charged to court and jailed tentatively at Mandala Prison yard on 8th July, 2020 when the judge failed to grant their bails. This is a great injustice!
Lastly, we hereby appeal to the Chief Justice (both at state and national levels), and the Inspector General of Police to intervene in this matter before it gets out of control, so that JUSTICE CAN PREVAIL.
QUEST FOR JUSTICE!