The Ebonyi State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of an age grade community leader in Afikpor North Local Government Area who allegedly beat a clergyman, one Pastor Oko Chukwu Obeni, to coma.
It was gathered that the embattled age-grade members allegedly dragged the pastor out from his church and gave him 36 strokes of cane for allegedly criticizing their leadership on Facebook.
they equally tied his hands to his back, bathed him with murky water while his elder brother who came to the scene was forced to pay the age-grade leaders the sum of N9,500 to buy off another remaining 18 strokes of canes they wanted to give him (pastor).
According to the pastor,
He lamented that, “I am at the hospital, I can’t make use of my hands, I can’t hold something. The doctor just came and examined me today and told me to just pray that my present condition is not permanent,”
Meanwhile, the Ebonyi State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP, Loveth Odah, who confirmed the arrest through in a statement signed and forwarded in Abakaliki, said the command will get into the root of the matter by ensuring that justice is given to the pastor.
According to the police,
“The leader Mr. Julius has been arrested and he made useful statement to the police, while effort is on to arrest the remaining suspects,”