The Enugu state police command have arrested six men for alleged involvement in stripping a woman in Agunese, Affam-Mmaku Autonomous Community in Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State.
In a statement, the spokesman of the command, Daniel Ndukwe (DSP), said that the state commissioner has ordered full investigation about the case.
Daniel added that CP Ahmed condemned the acts of torture, dehumanization and degradation of the person of the victim in contravention of extant laws.
The statement reads: “The Commissioner of Police, Enugu State Command, CP Ahmed Ammani, fdc, has ordered the State CID Enugu to conduct a full-scale investigation into the viral case of alleged stripping naked of a woman (names withheld) at Agunese, Afam-Mmaku in Awgu Local Government Area, by some youths of the community numbering over twenty (20), on 27/10/2022, over the allegation that she desecrated their shrine by picking snails therein.
Consequently, 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 round 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 woman, 57, was stripped before her husband and family members penultimate Friday and paraded round the village for daring to pick snails around a shrine in the village.
In a viral video of the woman on the social media, a mob beat her up and stripped her, tied palm fronts round her waste and neck before parading her round the village.