By Anozie Egole
Abakaliki—Governor of Ebonyi State, Mr David Umahi, has said that he personally encouraged the police to arrest all those who allegedly stripped and brutalised a 15-year-old girl, Uzoamaka Chukwu, in Uburu, Ohaozara Local Government Area of the state.
Umahi, while swearing in four development centre coordinators, described the act as inhuman.
He said: “I watched the video online and I felt so terrible about it. It is very inhuman to have so acted. I personally directed the Police to arrest and prosecute all those who were involved.”
Uzoamaka, a JSS 2 student was penultimate week stripped naked, dragged around on the floor and flogged under on the alleged orders of the Coordinator of Ohaozara Development Centre, Mr. Ogbonnaya Ene Odii, for allegedly having sex with a man.
Inferring to calls on him to either suspend or sack Odii, he said: “I will react when the Police have finished their job. We condemn that (brutalisation of the girl) in totality and we encourage the law enforcement agencies to conclude their investigation and accordingly charge those found culpable.”
The governor also condemned the killing of a young man from Uburu by people suspected to be men of a vigilance group in Isu, Onicha Local Government Area of the state.
He consequently directed the Onicha Local Council Chairman , Mrs. Elizabeth Onwe, and the Coordinator of Onicha DC, Felix Igboke, to explain to him why his order banning the existence of vigilance groups in the state was defied.
Umahi said: “The chairman of the Local Government Area will have to answer to me and of course the Coordinator, Ogbonnaya Igboke. They must answer to me because I directed that there will be no vigilante for now.”