It is one sight that will surely shock many people. After all, it’s not everyday that four ladies are str*pped Un-clad and forced to walk Un-clad in the streets. For suspecting some four girls of pilfering the sum of N9, 000 from him after a night of fun at a hotel in Akure, the Ondo State capital, a man allegedly took the law into his hands and subjected his erst-while friends to a bizarre and humiliating treatment.
The man, said to be a popular figure in the Ondo State capital, was said to have ordered his associates to str*p the gals Un-clad. According to one of the girls, he then forced them to walk round the hotel premises and the adjoining street right in their birthday suits! The incident allegedly took place in Akure on Friday, October 21.
Already, one of the girls has dispatched a petition to the state Commissioner of Police, asking him to investigate the incident and bring the suspect to book.
Efforts by our correspondent to get the man’s reaction were unsuccessful, as his lines were unreachable. But one of his associates, who refused to mention his name, said the girls deserved whatever punishment they got. “They are thieves and they should be dealt with,” he asserted.
It was learnt that the man had retired to the hotel in company with the girls after spending some hours at a night club in the city. The man and the four girls slept in the same room in the hotel.
Our reporter gathered that early the following morning, he raised the alarm that one of the girls had stolen N9, 000 from him, a development that led to a thorough search of all the girls.
Apparently not satisfied that the money was not found on any of the girls, the man reportedly called some other men into the room. As soon as they arrived, they allegedly set to work. They were said to have beat the girls, stri*ped them Un-clad and ordered them to walk Un-clad within and outside the hotel.
The man and his lieutenants, after the humiliation, reportedly threatened to further deal with the girls if the incident was reported to security operatives.
A petition written by one of the victims, Miss Dayo Richard, to the police commissioner, was entitled Complaint of assault, inhuman and degrading treatment done to me by one Mr. Ade Fayeun (aka Ade Basket). Copies of the document were made available to journalists.
The petition reads in part:
“I write to lodge the complaint against one Mr. Ade Fayeun, popularly called Ade Basket, on the assault, inhuman and degrading treatment done to my person.
“On Friday, 21st of October, 2011, I and one other lady friend were at the Plaza Motel Akure in company with other friends. Mr. Ade Fayeun and other friends of his were at the motel too on that fateful day.
“At about quarter after one, we left the venue of the event for the room where about five of us slept, including Mr. Ade Fayeun. The following morning, at about 9am, Mr. Fayeun raised the alarm that he couldn’t find his N9, 000 and that everybody in the room must be searched. Gender differences notwithstanding, he forcefully searched us all and nothing was found on me.
“Not satisfied with the result, he called his boys on phone and when his boys arrived the scene, they held us down, beat us and inflicted injury on me.
“Mr. Fayeun later tore our clothes and stri*ped us Un-clad in the glare of the public. After that, he, in company with his boys (sic) forced us out of the motel premises and made us to walk Un-clad in the street that morning.
“Mr. Fayeun went ahead to post the Un-clad picture he took while at the premises of the motel on the internet. Friends and family members who saw the picture on the net have called me on several occasions.
“This assault, inhuman and degrading treatment has done irreparable damage to us and my person in particular.
“I hereby call on the Nigeria Police to help bring Mr. Ade Fayeun to book as poor citizens like us must not be allowed to suffer undignified and inhuman treatment in the hands of an individual who by status is a citizen like myself.
“Though he boasted that he enjoys official protection from the political class, I believe the police will rise up to the matter and ensure that justice is done on the matter.”
Police Public Relations Officer in Ondo State, Mr. Adeniran Aremu, a deputy superintendent of police (DSP) confirmed that the command had received Miss Dayo Richard’s petition. He said the command was already investigating the matter.