Police arrest gang leader, 9 others for assaulting a pastor

The Police Command in Ebonyi has arrested Julius Amadi and nine others for assaulting a pastor Mr Oko Obeni.

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Loveth Odah made this known in a statement on Wednesday in Abakaliki.

Odah said the incident took place at Ogo , Amasiri in Afikpo North Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

The PPRO said Obeni, who hails from Ndukwe in Amasiri LGA, reported the incident at the Afikpo North Divisional Police Station on May 14, at about 5 p.m.

“The pastor reported the Isu Oru age grade led by Amadi and deputised by Eze Ogbonna dragged him to the Ogo playground, tied his hands to his back and flogged him severally canes.

“This he said gave him injuries on his body as they also poured water on him,’’ the PPRO said.

Odah said that the victim was rushed to the hospital for proper medical care, adding that he was responding to treatment.

She said that the police immediately swung into and subsequently arrested Amadi, the leader of the age grade and nine others.

The PPRO noted that preliminary investigations revealed that the on the pastor was due to a post he made on ‘facebook’ condemning a particular of the Afikpo North LGA chairman, Mr Ogbonnia Oko-Enyim.

“The post the traditional of the area over the decision taken against the council boss on the said as this allegedly angered the chairman’s loyalists.

“This made them to take laws into their hands, thereby committing the heinous crime,” Odah said.

Odah, however, said that the Acting Commissioner of Police in the state, Deputy Commissioner of Police Yekini Ayoku had urged members of the public to remain calm and ordered a full investigation into the matter.

This according to her is to unravel the circumstances which led to such inhuman treatment. (NAN)