Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, on Wednesday condemned the brutal treatment of a 15-year-old girl, Miss Uzoamaka Chukwu by some people in Ohaozara Local Government Area of the State for allegedly having sex.
The Coordinator of Ohaozara Development Centre, Mr Ogbonnaya Ene Odi and two policemen (names withheld) allegedly took part in the dehumanizing treatment of the orphaned JSS2 student, stripping her naked and flogging her whilst also dragging her around on the floor.
Mr Ene was said to have allegedly poured hot drinks on her Unclad body.
The governor in a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Emma Anya, said all the perpetrators of the harsh treatment should be investigated and face the wrath of the law.
“Ebonyi State Government condemns in totality, the inhuman treatment meted out to a minor, Miss Uzoamaka, Chukwu, by some people in Ohoazara LGA,” the statement reads.
“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,” it added.
“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”.