Photos and videos of a lady who was found naked and looking emaciated around Ajah, a neighbourhood in Lekki, Lagos state, have sparked outrage on the Nigerian Twittersphere.
Some witnesses claimed that the lady was thrown out of a moving jeep under the Jubilee bridge at Ajah roundabout.
“She wasn’t looking as emaciated when she was dropped. She dried up in a few minutes after getting dropped by the car,” one of the witnesses alleged.
In the footage that surfaced online on Wednesday, a crowd can be seen watching the lady while some took photos and made videos with their mobile phones.
But on Thursday, Solomon Buchi, a Twitter user took to the microblogging platform to identify the lady as Ene.
He claimed she was suffering from the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). He also revealed she had been taken to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) by a friend of his and requested for help online.
“Pls help. This is Ene. She is HIV positive. If you stay in Ajah, you’ll see her naked with people throwing stones and hurling insults at her. My friend rushed to take her from the road to LUTH, trying to get her medical care. LUTH is delaying. Pls retweet. We need to save her,” he wrote.
Pls help. This is Ene. She is HIV positive. If you stay in Ajah, you’ll see her naked with people throwing stones and hurling insults at her. My friend rushed her to took her from the road to LUTH, trying to get her medical care. LUTH is delaying. Pls retweet. We need to save her pic.twitter.com/d9DRC70jiD
— Solomon Buchi (@Solomon_Buchi) October 17, 2019
TheCable Lifestyle also reached out to Keira Hewatch, the good Samaritan who helped Ene.
She confirmed the lady is still very much alive. Hewatch, however, said hospitals have refused to admit Ene because she is not related to her.
The incident has since led to varying reactions on social media platforms.
“It’s funny how some of you assumed the lady dropped at Ajah bus stop is a prostitute, because she had a tattoo on her body. what if she was a victim of kidnappers?. We are saying not all guys with dread & laptop is a yahoo boy, but a girl with a tattoo is a prostitute to you. Madness,” a Twitter user said.
“It breaks my heart that we’re such a superstitious & judgemental people. Not a single soul in this crowd thought it necessary to help this lady in Ajah. But I guarantee that they will dance to the altar on Sunday & hit their heads on the concrete on Friday. We’ve lost the plot,” another user said.
Here is what some Nigerians had to say:
It's funny how some of you assumed the lady dropped at Ajah bus stop is a prostitute, because she had tattoo on her body. what if she was a victim of kidnappers?. We are saying not all guys with dread & laptop is a yahoo boy, but a girl with tattoo is a prostitute to you. Madness
— Zaddy Ajala (@UNCLE_AJALA) October 17, 2019
It breaks my heart that we're such a superstitious & judgemental people.
Not a single soul in this crowd thought it necessary to help this lady in Ajah.
But I guarantee that they will dance to the altar on Sunday & hit their heads on the concrete on Friday.
We've lost the plot. pic.twitter.com/wdhx2jUzQf
— Adunni Achebe (@Adunni_Achebe) October 17, 2019
The Ajah lady incident, why is everyone assuming she was used by yahoo guys? Not ruling that out completely, but why is no one thinking in the direction that she may have been kidnapped for a very long time and was starved in the process? Those images are really disturbing.
— Mazi Olisaemeka C. ™ (@OlisaOsega) October 17, 2019
The fact that people brought out their phones to make videos of that lady at ajah, the fact that nobody even brought her as little as a wrapper to cover up or even food to eat , shows how much we’ve lost our humanity.
— smallieee✨ (@precious_chee) October 17, 2019
That Ajah lady could be anorexic or suffering from any of the myriad medical conditions.
Yahoo Yahoo is all you'll hear. What a dangerouly superstitious mob.
The Govt 'll refuse you Amenities & shit on you.
The Country the people 'll shit on you.
Just don't be a victim.
— fred4U (@frediecruze) October 17, 2019
This young lady was said to have been thrown out of a SUV yesterday evening at ajah Lagos under bridge 🌉.. Pls stay safe.
Pls retweet till we find her family. pic.twitter.com/r0PPa2oU9N
— Honorable Mike™ ☆ (@PrinceMykolad) October 17, 2019
No one can convince me that the lady thrown out of the car at Ajah started to “drastically lose weight”. And nobody got it on camera? No one started to film the scene as soon as she was thrown out, just for them to realise that she was losing weight? Abeg.
— Eko Mami 🇳🇬 (@jesstake) October 17, 2019
This is how that Ajah Lady looks like but no one is saying he followed Woman or saying he was used for Rituals. Do you see how Disturbing y"all sound? Smh 🤦♂️ https://t.co/KiR2tcxkBR
— King Nonny 👑 (@Zaddy_nomso) October 17, 2019
What this Ajah incident confirms to me again is that people are more eager to be the first person to share a sensational story of someone's tragedy on social media than being the quickest to help that person.
The curse of a generation addicted to likes and retweets.
— Olufemi Adebimpe (@femiadebimpe) October 17, 2019
I'm pretty sure nobody saw a jeep drop that sick woman at Ajah, because if they did, the driver would probably have been mobbed. It's just juicier to tell it that way & display misogyny while at it.
— Asa Nwa (Chi Baby) (@AfricanCeleb) October 17, 2019
Instead of looking for ways to help the girl at Ajah, Nigerians turned her into a tourist attraction. I'm proud of Nigerians tbh. Get her viral till the rest of the world confirms that we are the most productive people on earth. What a game plan 🙌🔥
— CHIMAROKE 📌 (@chimarokay) October 17, 2019
So you mean to tell me that people literally turned the Ajah lady to film show from yesterday evening till this morning and nobody helped her😩😭😭😭
— Fine Baby💕 (@Miss_bukunmii) October 17, 2019
If you're among the people labelling the Ajah girl a prostitute, then you are a FOOL. How can you an adult reason that she is a prostitute just because she has tattoos? Or because she was dumped on the road.
Is your brain with your village people? Such stupidity!
— Rose Rozay Akai (@rozirozay) October 17, 2019
When bad things happen to you
Nigerians assume the worst of you before they assume the best
Typical example the Ajah case and if you merely slump on the road
Please guide your health, wealth and happiness
Before they say it's village people
— Chisomaga Nwadike (@Moritzdike) October 17, 2019
A lot of you who are forming woke about that lady that was dropped in Ajah clearly don’t stay around this axis else you will not blame the things that people are saying even if they may be wrong. So pls abeg.
— Yacim emmanuel (@yacim986) October 17, 2019
So disgusting that the first thing people kept saying about the Ajah lady was that she followed rich men, then with all the ridiculous advice of 'not all that glitters is gold' and stuff. How do people just arrive at such conclusions?
— Mark Amaza (@amasonic) October 17, 2019
Stories like that of the extremely sick girl thrown off at ajah Lagos, mocked by the crowd, and treated like an unholy shame item, is so sad!
The punches from the squad of the stupid, judgemental and superstitious is fast eroding our common sensibilities.
— bash (@inspiredbash) October 17, 2019
The Ajah lady incident,
Why are some idiots assuming she was used by a yahoo boy ??
Nawa ooo Una no even reason wether she was kidnapped and starved or not
God go help Una
— Your New Boyfriend 🍃☘️🌚🇨🇦 (@skupy_jadon) October 17, 2019
"Let he who is without sin be the first to cast a stone"., what if she has been kidnapped for long, she could be sick, whatever it is, Nigerians, Ajah, let's show love and support.
— Tolulope (@totteaser) October 17, 2019
When I saw the video of that woman dumped at Ajah, I got extra motivation on my cause. To instill love and empathy in the new generation coming after us.
Our leaders are not foreigners, they come from us. We are the problem, and we can be the solution too.
— Santos Akhilele 🇳🇬 (@SantosTHEBOSS) October 17, 2019
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