ABAKALIKI-EBONYI State Government, on Wednesday, condemned the stripping and battering of a 15-year-old girl, Miss Uzoamaka Chukwu by some people in Ohaozara Local Government Area of the State. Gov. Dave Umahi Recall that Ebonyi State Police command had arrested the Coordinator of Ohaozara Development Centre, Mr Ogbonnaya Ene Odi for his alleged role in the dehumanizing treatment meted out on the victim in Ohaozara local government area of the state.
The JSS2 student was allegedly stripped naked, dragged around on the ground and flogged under the orders of the Coordinator. Also arrested were the two policemen (names withheld) who allegedly arrested and took part in the ill-treatment of the 15 years old orphan.
The government, in a statement by Emma Anya, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor David Umahi, said it had directed the police command to ensure that all the perpetrators, be they political appointees or not, were properly investigated with a view to bringing those guilty to justice.
The statement read in part: “Ebonyi State Government condemns in totality, the inhuman treatment meted out to a minor, Miss Uzoamaka, Chukwu, by some people in Ohoazara LGA. “Government encourages the state police command to ensure a thorough investigation of the incident and bring to book, the suspects, some of whom are already in detention. “Governor David Umahi will not in any way condone the violation of the rights of any Ebonyian, especially minors, by anyone be he in government or private sector.
“The pollicisation of this pitiful situation cannot benefit the little girl concerned nor the politicians parading her on national media. The naked images of the child splashed on newspaper pages are utterly condemnable. “Government has already taken action to locate the minor in order to ensure that she is properly rehabilitated and made to overcome the trauma she has passed through”.