Ten persons are now cooling off in Ebonyi State police command cell for allegedly flogging a clergyman, Pastor Oko Chukwu Obeni, over alleged offensive social media comments on Isu-Oru age group in Afikpo.
THE DAILY VENDOR gathered that the 30-year-old pastor was also accused of making a Facebook post against the council chairman, an action that sparked trouble in social media among the youths loyal to the chairman.
Hence, the clergyman was reportedly molested and given about 32 strokes of the cane before being forced to swim inside dirty gutter at Amasiri, Afikpo North.
Mr Julius Amadi Nyerere and nine others arrested in connection with the assault on the clergyman, had made useful confessional statement to the police.
The Ebonyi State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Loveth Odah, said the incident took place on May 14, 2020.
According to Odah, on that fateful day, at about 5pm, “Pastor Oko Chukwu Obeni of Ndukwe Amasiri village in Afikpo North LGA of Ebonyi state, reported at Afikpo North Division that Isi Oru Age Grade, led by one Julius Amadi Nyerere and deputised by one Eze Ogbonna, all of the same address, dragged him to the Ogo play ground in the area, tied him and flogged him severally with canes, and caused multiple injuries all over his body.
“Following the report, the victim was immediately taken to the hospital for proper medical care and he is responding to treatment. Subsequently, the leader of the Isi Oru Age Grade, Mr. Julius Amadi Nyerere, and 9 others, were arrested in connection of the case.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the assault was as result of a post made by the victim in one of the popular social media platforms “Facebook”, condemning a particular action of Afikpo North LGA council chairman, Hon. Ogbonnia Oko Enyim, and commending the traditional ruler of the area and his cabinet over the decision taken against the council boss.
Odah further disclosed that the acting commissioner of police, Ebonyi state, DCP Yekini A. Ayoku, has ordered for a full scale investigation into the matter.