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10 arrested for raping a mother and her 2 daughters for stealing peppers

By Mason White 11:04 AM February 26, 2014
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By: Sanvi Rizvi
Ten people were arrested and charged with murder after they killed a mother and raped her two daughters because they stole peppers, police in Nigeria said.

Lagos State Police said that the suspects tortured three women for stealing peppers from the Oba Morufu International Market.

“The suspects were charged with murder, indecent assault, extortion and conspiracy,” a police spokesperson said. Police also said that they are still looking for four additional suspects.

According to the initial investigation, the mother was tortured and killed while her daughters were raped as a form of street justice after they were accused of stealing vegetables from the local market. The daughters were freed after their father paid a ransom.

A video of the attack, which showed the three victims being stripped naked and tortured, quickly went viral on the Internet. Human rights activist condemned the attack and said that street justice is not a solution to prevent crime.