A woman’s body accounts for most, if not all of her dignity and that’s why most women respect the sanctity of decent clothing but what happens when a woman, no, women in their numbers, some old enough to be our mothers, others our grand mothers, strip half unclad? That’s what played out last Saturday at Sonde Apon, a rural community in Ifo Local Government Area, Ogun State.
This followed a protest by old women over the invasion of their community by hoodlums suspected to have been sent by land speculators from a nearby community. The invaders numbering 20 were said to have stormed the community and unleashed terror on the residents. The marauders reportedly stormed the community armed with machetes, guns and other dangerous weapons at about 11:30 am when most of the residents had already gone to work, shot sporadically into the air, broke into houses and carted away some valuables.
The aggrieved women, who were half clad, sang songs of sorrow as they expressed disgust over the attack and bemoaned their fate describing it as one of the worst things that had happened to them; last Saturday’s incident made it the third time in the last three years.
They expressed surprise that the hoodlums broke into their houses. One of the women, Chief (Mrs.) Mopelola Losede, Iyalaje of Sonde Apon, narrated: “The invaders stormed the community with guns, machetes and other dangerous weapons, shot sporadically and broke into our houses and collected our money, food items and other things.
“They also attacked one of our children and inflicted serious injuries on him. Why is it that the same people are always attacking our community” Mrs. Losede queried.
“The other time, they attacked us and we petitioned the Inspector General of Police for actions to be taken against them and nothing was done. Now they are at it again. How long should we continue to live in fear because of people, who are fighting to take our land by force? In fact, our lives are not safe. Governor Ibikunle Amosun and the police should come to save us, before the worst will happen,” she lamented.