The men who stripped and tortured Uzoamaka Chukwu, in Ebonyi State, who they accused of promiscuous behaviour, have been arrested.
They are to be charged to court immediately.
The men, Ogbonnaya Ene Odi, the Coordinator of Ohaozara Development Centre, in Uburu, Ohaozara Local Government Area of the State, his younger brother, Enekwachi Ene Odi, and three police officers, who either supervised or took part in the brutal stripping and torture of 15-year-old Uzoamaka Chukwu, a Junior Secondary School Two (JSS2), student, on the spurious allegation that she was caught having sex with a man in her father’s bedroom, are said now to be in police custody.
According to Hon. Linus Abaa Okorie, the lawmaker representing Onicha, Ohaozara and Ivo Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, who had vowed to do anything possible to bring justice for the poor girl, who came to national limelight when the video of the abuse was posted online, the police in the state did not waste anytime in getting the suspects arrested as well as beginning an orderly room trial for its officers for the role they played in the saga.
According to him: “The Commissioner of Police in the state, Peace Ibekwe Abdallah, has also vowed to make sure the police officers are prosecuted after the orderly room trial.”
According to sources in the community, the incident took place in the sitting room of Odi in the presence of other men who had great fun recording the torture of the girl and later posted it on social media”.
A police source in the state command confirmed the arrest of Odi, adding that the Commissioner is not taking the matter with levity and has vowed to bring the culprits to book if they are found guilty after investigations.
“He (Odi) has been arrested. The Governor told the CP to make sure all those involved are arrested and brought to book. The police officers involved have also been arrested.”
Speaking while parading the suspects, the Commissioner said: “The victim has just been able to make her painful statement to the Command and the case is being diligently investigated to ensure that justice will be done in this scandalous incident.”
Meanwhile. Hon. Okezie has promised Uzoamaka scholarship up to the university level.
Hon. Okorie had earlier posted on his Facebook page: “Earlier today, I met one on one with Uzoamaka Chukwu, the unfortunate 15-year-old JSS 2 student from Uburu in Ohaozara LGA of my constituency who was recently made “popular” by unknown persons who brutalized and dehumanized her through torture and defilement of her humanity.
“I met her on the invitation of her family who seek inquest into her sickening ordeal and also justice for her. I also insisted on hearing directly from her on the circumstances of her torture and public defilement.
“For if I must speak about it, I should do so on the strength of first hand information and a conviction that she is truly a victim.
“Her story is heartrending and painful. And truly she is a victim of inhumanity and highhandedness of misplaced power/authority.
“First, she is a 15 year old minor and wait for it …an ORPHAN! Her father died while she was only 4 in 2004 and her mother painfully followed suit two years later in 2006 when she was barely 6 year old.
So she had no father to catch her in the immoral circumstance that was earlier reported. That story is on all scores, a fabrication to deceive the public into antagonizing her to cover the tracks of her aggressors”, he said.