The social media was abashed two weekends ago when the flogging and naked picture of a single mother went viral on social media in ANAMBRA state uploaded by her accused of sleeping and cheating with her husband and a week after Port Harcourt is now trending also, but this time the said woman was falsely accused of stealing in the market. The need to stop jungle justice in Nigeria cannot be over emphasized, this is due to the fact that so many innocent persons have had their lives cut short for crimes they may have never committed
A middle aged woman identified as Margret was stripped naked on Monday 1st April 2019 at the popular mile three market park for allegedly stealing, filmed and published on face book with the pictures trending online has asked her accuser to show proof of what she stole that led to the barbaric manner in which she was dishonored publicly on baseless allegations or face the law. the mother of two whose wounds and scares are still obvious to all was wrongly accused of stealing at mile three market and stripped naked and her naked pictures uploaded on face book is seeking for justice
Margret Alex when contacted by our correspondent said she went to mile three market that faithful day to buy items to restock her little table trading at home and also Buy provision for her family said ‘’I was shocked as I was lifting things from a particular shop i remembered that my purse was not where i kept it, i immediately dropped the items and tried to re-adjust my things to locate my purse so as not to lose money in the market since mile three was notorious for pick pockets when one of the hoodlums accused me of stealing’’. He started shouting thief! thief! Before I know it people gather me, before I know it they started beating me from every corner, asking me to bring it out, the next thing one union man later identified as John STRIPPED me naked and they started filming my nakedness’’ before the other union people came and intervened in the matter, they searched my bags, asked the MAN who said I stole to show what I stole from him, he didn’t see anything’’. I was not allowed to even speak or defend myself, I was beaten to stupor and even so weak to help myself’’ and later the union people came to tell me sorry and gave me clothe to wear and go home just like that! She told our correspondent that her naked pictures circulating on social media is tearing her family apart since my husband saw the pictures he is so worried; he has not eaten. he has gone to the union people to ask them why they have stripped his wife naked and they pleaded with him to let by gone be by gone but my naked pictures are still online and circulating. ‘’ I just want justice in this matter’’ government should come and help me, so that they can stop circulating my pictures online, ask my husband here, I have never stolen his money not to talk of going to the market to steal where I was trying not to be a victim of pick pockets, I need justice she added’’
Meanwhile the International Federation of Women Lawyers have condemned the act of striping women naked in public places on trump up charges or for any offence.
The chairperson of FIDA Anthonia Osademe said the matter has been reported to FIDA and that the women lawyers will take up the matter and pursue justice for Margret. She said ‘’ last week it was in Anambra and this week its port Harcourt, the way FIDA Anambra followed the matter is the same way we will follow up this matter, people should stop taking laws into their hands’’.
She called on the police to urgently conclude investigation on the mile three incident and charged all suspects to court for prosecution.
However, the Civil Rights council of Nigeria have joined to condemn the stripping of a married woman in the mile three market area in rivers state. The spokesperson of the Civil Rights Council Prince Wiro described the Act as barbaric and backward attitude of hoodlums at the mile three park in DIOBU Port Harcourt. ‘’He said in sane society you could never hear of such inhumane acts where a mother of two will be stripped stark naked, filmed and uploaded to Facebook and is being shared all over the world for a crime the victim never committed’’. Wiro explained that the civil rights council equally went to investigate the matter and discovered the woman never committed the crime and called in the police to investigate the matter. He urged the police having arrested three of the suspects to ensure that they are prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others who intends to carry out such barbaric acts in future