Angry youths set Ebonyi commissioner’s house ablaze over husband’s ‘criminal involvements’

The compound of the Ebonyi State Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, Mrs. Wendy Uchechi Okah, was on Saturday set ablaze by angry youths of Elugwu Ettam Community in Okpuitumo Ikwo Local government Area of the state.

Mr. Celestine Okah, the husband, was accused of being involved in some crimes in the community, but he denied the allegation.

Following the allegation, Mr. Okah was summoned by the Community’s village head who ordered him to swear to an oath to prove his innocence in keeping with the customs and traditions of the community, but he refused to do so.

It was gathered that he invited police into the matter.

His refusal to swear on an oath and involvement of the Police infuriated the youths of the community who tortured him before moving to his house where they vandalised and set the property ablaze.

The youths, it was further learned, thereafter, proceeded to burn another building belonging to another member of the community whose child is named after the commissioner.

It was learnt that by the time the Police could get to the scene, alot of damage had been done by the youths, but they succeeded in rescuing Mr Okah and whisked him out of the area.

The youths vowed not to allow Mr. Okah into the community again.

Police Spokesperson, Loveth Odah, confirmed the incident.

She said the Police was able to rescue the victim.

Mrs Odah, noted that when the Police went back on Sunday with the Commissioner for Border Peace and Internal Security, they discovered that the Community dug a deep trench to prevent them from gaining access to the community.

According to her, the Police was able to restore order in the area and have warned the community to toe the path of peace to settle whatever dispute they may have with the victim.

As at press time, the victim whereabout was unknown, as he did not pick his phone when he was contacted.

His wife and Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, Mrs Uchechi Wendy Okah, also refused to react on the issue when she was contacted on phone.

Reacting, the commissioner for Internal Security and Border Peace, Stanley Okoro Emegha, wondered why the community took the laws into their hands, even as he said the state government had waded into the matter, to resolve it amicably.

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