Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, Friday ordered the setting up of five-man committee to investigate the alleged torture of a cleric and social critic, Okochi Obeni in Amasiri, Afikpo North Local Government Area of the state.
Obeni, 30, was punished with 36 strokes of cane by the Isi-oru age grade for posting what they considered as slanderous against some leaders of the community including the council chairman, Hon. Oko Enyum.
Obeni was said to have made some posts on his face book account against some leaders of the community including which the leaders consider as slanderous and action capable of jeopardizing existing peace in the area.
He had his hands tied behind his back, rubbed with gutter dirt, doused with bad water and given 36 strokes of canes over the offence. His elder brother had to buy off 14 strokes of the canes with N9, 500 in accordance with the tradition of the community.
Friday, Umahi ordered the state’s Deputy Governor to set-up a five-man committee to investigate the remote and immediate causes of Obeni’s torture.
Umahi spoke at New Government House, Abakalkki while signing five new bills into law.