by Rachel Ogbu

Odozi (Photo: Punch)

Odozi (Photo: Punch)

A 21-year-old woman protesting her degenerating financial status took her breasts out on the premises of the Ikeja Magistrate’s Court in Lagos.

On Monday, desperate Esther Odozi laid on the court road protesting against hunger that was “killing her and the five children” she left back home in Agbor Owanta, Delta State, reports say.

“Hunger, hunger. Government must do something today. I have not received anything from the plenty crude oil money government is spending in our state. Nigerians are wicked.”

“After confronting serious hardship in my state, I was advised by an official of Human Rights Commission in Delta to go to Human Rights Commission in Abuja. I also went to Police Headquarters and NAPTIP (National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons) in Abuja. They all told me to go to Lagos; they said that is where I could get help,” she told reporters.

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“My husband, Donald Ogbaja, was a retired policeman before he died of hunger. He married me when I was 17. I bore five children, including twins for him.”

According to reports, Odozi shunned passersby who shouted at her to cover herself as she rolled on the ground. One woman who got upset by the site of the half naked woman said she abused the “temple of womanhood.” She revealed wounds on her left leg and the right side of her hips; she said she was hit by a car. She refused a N500 given to her by a passerby, saying, “I don’t want your money. I want Fashola to give me N200, 000.”

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The Punch reports:

Odozi said she tried to survive on her own by cultivating some crops. She, however, said she was hit by a car and had been hindered by her injury to continue working on her farm.

She said, “I will not leave this court without seeing N200,000 to start business. I want to sell melon and garri. Tell Emmanuel Uduaghan, the governor of my state, and the Federal Government to do something about my condition. They must give me part of the petrol money. I must take care of my five children.”

When she was asked that as a young woman, didn’t she feel ashamed to bare her breast? She answered, “I don’t have anything and I don’t have anything to hide anymore.”

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