There is a new twist to the story of the teenage girl that was brutalized and disgraced as the Ebonyi State government makes bold threat.
Port-Harcourt-based businesswoman, Ms Rita Nnenna Anoh took custody of Uzoamaka after hearing of her ordeal
The Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi has ordered the immediate return of the 15-year-old girl, Uzoamaka Chukwu, who was stripped and tortured early this month by some people in Uburu, Ohaozara Local Government Area.
Umahi gave the order on Sunday after visiting the family of the girl at Umunaga Uburu. According to him, the government has decided to take full responsibility of her rehabilitation & training.
It would be recalled that Uzoamaka who was brutalized and stripped n*ked before being flogged by some aimless men was rescued and now in the custody of an Ebonyi State-born Port-Harcourt-based businesswoman, Ms Rita Nnenna Anoh, the governor however insisted that the girl must be returned within seven days or be declared wanted because she remained a property of state.
Umahi’s statement was made public through his Chief Press Secretary, Emma Anya. The statement reads:“Government is asking that wherever she is, she should come back so that we can take over her training from secondary school to university level. We will also be able to rehabilitate her.
“We are giving seven days for her to come back. We don’t know where she is but we ask that she must return because she is the property of the state.”
“The matter is before a competent court; ,so we may not say much but on what we saw,we felt very bad as a people,as government and as brothers and sisters of Uzoamaka.
“We feel that is a gross violation of her right and man’s inhumanity to man.
“So we are very sad about it and that is why I directed that all of us should come to take over the responsibility of the girl.”
“The government’s intervention would not disrupt justice in the case, as we would ensure that such incident does not repeat itself while thanking the family for its belief in the government’s ability to handle the issue. The case in court will continue to run its course and justice must also be done in that direction,” he emphasised.
Responding on behalf of the family, Elder Francis Odabe thanked the governor and said: “We know you are a charitable son of the soil and we know that even if you had not been a governor, you would have still come to sympathise with us. You would have still shown concern because we know you for that.”
Odabe promised on behalf of the family to do everything possible to ensure that Uzoamaka was brought back home within the seven days given by the governor. The governor made the visit in company with some members of the state Executive Council and political stakeholders from old Ohaozara LGA.