Stripped girl: I encouraged arrest of suspects, says Umahi

Posted by News Express | 16 August 2016 | 2,356 times

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Ebonyi State Governor, Engr.  David Umahi, says 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 on the alleged orders of  the Coordinator of Ohaozara Development Centre (DC) 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 in totality and we encourage the law enforcement agencies further 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 vigilance group in Isu, Onicha Local Government Area of the state.

He consequently directed the   Onicha LGA Chairman, Mrs. Elizabeth Onwe, and the Coordinator of Onicha DC, Engr. Felix Ogbonnaya 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.  They have to explain to me why the vigilantee was allowed to the extent of killing somebody.”

The governor advised political office holders not to be carried away by the euphoria of their positions by taking laws into their hands

He reiterated that his administration would instill discipline into the people, especially political office holders in the state

•Photo shows Governor Umahi.

Source: News Express

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