August 5, 2015 – Ogun State Prostitutes Protest Murder, Ritual Killing Of Colleague In Abeokuta, Hold Candlelight Vigil
Several commercial sex workers in Abeokuta on Monday night held a candlelight procession in honour of their colleague, who was allegedly killed by suspected ritualists last Sunday.
People suspected to be ritualists, had killed and dumped the corpse of one 23-year-old Sitira at a refuse site at Oloomore junction, Abeokuta, in the early hours of the fateful day.
A chunk of flesh was severed from her right arm by her assailants.
The late Sitira was said to have been thrown off from a moving Sport Utility Vehicle along the Abeokuta-Lagos Expressway.
The sex workers, who wore black dresses, stormed the state secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Oke-Ilewo, Abeokuta, on Monday night, wailing.
However, on Monday, about 50 commercial sex workers, plying their trade in Abeokuta, converged on the NUJ secretariat and also at the frontage of the nearby residence of former Head of Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan.
They identified their slain colleague with different names such as Titi and Folake.
Bearing lighted candles, they chanted various solidarity songs and rained curses on the unnamed killers of their colleague.
They said, “Oro nla le da, oro nla le da, eyin tepa Titi, t’eje o dagba, oro nla le da. Omo yin ma ku, eeeheee Omo yin maku, eyin tepa Titi t’eje o dagba, omo yin ma ku.”
Meaning, “You have done something grievous, you have done something grievous by killing Titi prematurely. The killers of Titi (Sitira) have done something grievous. Their children will die, their children will die, those that killed Titi, will lose their children.”
They later departed for the MKO Abiola International Stadium, Kuto, Abeokuta, another spot where they ply their trade to continue their mourning.
Speaking with journalists, some of them claimed that another colleague in the same business was killed by suspected ritualists alongside Sitira.
They explained that the mutilated remains of the sex worker was uncovered in a ditch at the same Olomoore, Abeokuta.
[Reported By Samuel Awoyinka, Punchng]