Jyoti and Kiran Matharoo – the Canadian sisters of Indian descent, arraigned before a Yaba (Lagos) magistrate court on December 23, 2016 – are back in the news again.
Accused of cyber bullying on a four count charge, they are on a media round in Canada, denying all the allegations levelled against them and implicating security agencies of connivance in their arrest and trial.
In the last few weeks, the controversial sisters labelled courtesans have been on a damage control expedition in Canada, exonerating themselves and pleading innocence in newspapers and on television.
In torontosun.com, thestar.com, toronto.ctvnews.ca and cbc.ca, the Matharoo sisters are painting a bright picture different from the sordid tales hung around them in Nigeria.
Here are some of their claims:
1 They were never prostitutes sleeping with Nigeria’s well-heeled, and blackmailing them.
2 They were never in possession of incriminating pictures of these men. If they did, they would have been killed.
3 They didn’t have anything to do with the blog, naijagistlive used as a blackmail tool.
4 They were practically abducted by security agents who stormed the 5-star hotel they stayed on December 14, 2016. The hotel room was searched the next day (December 15), and a camera, phones, notebook, passports and laptop seized.
5 They were held in a dirty cell with scurrying rats and a hole-in-the-ground toilet with 11 other women for 7 hours.
6 Thereafter, they were accommodated in a hotel near Lagos airport for 20 days under police guard.
7 They later met Femi Otedola whom they accused of saying, “Marilyn (Monroe) died because she knew too much about the Kennedys.”
8 They were deceived by the police to sign an undertaking and apologise to Otedola so that they could regain their freedom.
9 They were arraigned at the Yaba magistrate court on December 23 on spurious charges, and granted bail.
10 Canadian High Commission supplied a list of lawyers, and Supo Adebayo was picked.
11 They contacted the High Commission on December 27, and applied for emergency documents through the Immigrations, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
Their case was examined, and since they had no travel and bail restrictions, the document was issued on December 31.
12 They travelled on January 1, enroute Paris to Canada on Airfrance.
13 They set out two months to recover after the fearful experience.
14 And now, Kiran is working on a cook book, whilst Jyoti will focus more on her blog, as they tried to repair their reputation.