Six persons have been arrested by the operatives of Enugu Police command over the allegations of beating and stripping a woman naked for picking snails from a sacred grove in the Enugu Community.
The incident happened at Affam-Mmaku Autonomous Community in Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State, where some youth in the community beat the widow to a pulp and stripped her naked.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, in the state, CP Ahmed Ammani ordered the State CID Enugu to conduct a full-scale investigation into the matter which took place on October 27.
In a statement signed by DSP Daniel Ndukwe, the Command’s public relations officer, the CP said such acts won’t be tolerated by the command.
“Six (6) male suspects have been arrested, including one Okoro Stan aged 46, alleged to have led others in perpetrating the act of beating and parading the said victim around the community.
“Others include Jonathan Nwangene aged 43, Maduabuchi Madueke aged 34, Obioma Nwangene aged 39, Anikene Samuel aged 24 and Chukwuebuka Agu aged 32.
“In addition, frantic investigative efforts are ongoing to arrest others at large.
“Meanwhile, ongoing investigation into the case has shown that the suspects also beat up and caused bodily injuries on the victim’s husband and brother, when they attempted to stop them from carrying out the act.
“To this end, the Commissioner, while categorically condemning the said acts of torture, dehumanization and degradation of the person of the victim in contravention of extant laws, especially those bordering on her dignity and fundamental human rights, has further directed that the investigation be concluded within the shortest possible time and the culprits arraigned accordingly.
“The CP, therefore, urges citizens of the State, particularly traditional rulers and other community leaders to ensure that utmost caution is exercised when enforcing traditional or customary norms on their subjects, especially if doing so will lead to the contravention of the constitutionally enshrined fundamental rights of the person.”