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Rights group petitions Police over alleged assault on widow, two minors

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By Gabriel Chy Alonta, Lawrence Nwimo

Human Rights Liberty Access and Peace Defenders’ Foundation (HURIDE) has petitioned the Anambra state police over an alleged assault on a widow and her two children in Anambra State.

The assault was allegedly perpetrated by one Mr. Onyekachi, a neighbor to the victim, Mrs. Favour Louis and her two sons, Divine and Delight, who lives at No. 28, Oseka Chukwurah, 3-3, Onitsha, Anambra state.

In the petition signed by HURIDE Executive Director, Dede Uzor A. Uzor, “the event leading to the assault started on Tuesday evening, being April 6, 2021, when Mrs. Favour’s sons, Divine Louis and Delight Louis, were playing in their flat (1st floor) when one of their playing objects (a small piece of broken tile) mistakenly fell off and dropped on the glass of a Hilux vehicle owned by the said Mr. Onyekachi, parked at the compound, leaving a minimal impact thereon, over which Mrs. Favour apologised on her son’s behalf.

“In a bizarre display of brazen intimidation and cruelty, Mr. Onyekachi called Mrs. Favour and her two sons on the morning of Wednesday, the April 7, 2021 and, in the presence of Mrs. Favour, set upon her two sons and mercilessly assaulted them by kicking, slapping, and dealing fist blows on the children.”

The beatings, the group said, inflicted grievous bodily harm on the two children aged 9 and 7, which huge sum of money was spent in medical treatments for same.

Not satisfied, Orient Daily learnt that Mr. Onyekachi reached for and drew a machete with which he chased Divine Louis about ostensibly to deal machete cuts on the child.

It read further, “Divine Louis’ escape from the premeditated and savagery unleashed on Mrs. Favour and her family by the said Mr. Onyekachi was, indeed, a miracle as Mr. Onyekachi allegedly boasted that he “would deal ruthlessly with the widow and her children using vigilante operatives, the army, and the police at his beck and call.”

The petition further disclosed that on the evening of same day, 6th April, 2021, Mr. Onyekachi allegedly hired some vigilante operatives attached to 3-3 vigilante office located at Odonwankita in Sea-View Estate headed by one Chiboy, whom he boasted of having in his pockets.

“They arrested, manacled and detained Mrs. Favour and her aforesaid sons for several hours. Worse still, Mr. Onyekachi also threatened further unlawful action against Mrs. Favour and her family if she fails to buy a brand new windscreen for his vehicle for him today, Friday, the 9th day of April, 2021.”

Pleading on the victims’ behalf, the rights group said Mrs. Favour and her sons, committed no offence against Mr. Onyekachi to warrant the unlawful acts as well as the egregious violation of their fundamental human rights meted against them by Mr. Onyekachi.

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