The leader of the Isi Oru Age Grade, Mr Amadi Julius Nyerere, arrested on Thursday, May 14, 2020, and seen in a trending video as having been abducted, turned himself in at the Ebonyi State Police Headquarters on Friday.
Nyerere was first arrested last Thursday alongside nine other persons for allegedly torturing and brutalising one Pastor Okochi Obeni, a social media critic, for allegedly criticising the Chairman of Afikpo North Local Government Area of the state, Ogbonnaya Enyim.
Saturday PUNCH gathered that the incident took place on Thursday, May 14, 2020, at one of the village squares in the community.
The group, it was reported, was to give the victim 57 strokes of the cane, but ended up flogging him 36 times after allegedly forcing him to accept he committed a crime against the community by his action.
According to sources, aside flogging the cleric 36 times, the group made him to drink from the gutters.
The Ebonyi State Police Command, on Friday evening, confirmed the development to Saturday PUNCH on the telephone.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs Loveth Odah, said the suspect showed up because he was afraid that police were looking for him. Odah noted that Nyerere did so in his own interest, adding that was in police custody.
Meanwhile, the Oyo State Joint Security Outfit, known as Operation Burst has arrested and paraded seven suspected members of an armed robbery gang in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.
The Director-General of Operation Burst, Col James Oladipupo (retd), said the suspects were nabbed by the task force’s operatives on May 19 during a night patrol in Ibadan.
While parading them at the Operation Burst headquarters at Agodi, Oladipupo said his team was making efforts at ensuring that they fulfilled the mandate given to them by the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, to combat crime.
In a statement by the state Commissioner for Information, Culture & Tourism, Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun, the state government set up the outfit after intelligence reports showed that areas like Olomi, Olodo and Olose in the state were being terrorised by armed robbers.
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