By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Ten months after he was axed from Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s security team for assaulting a woman and remanded at Kwale Correctional Facility while awaiting trial, Friday Eluhuhas has reportedly cried out to the Delta state Chief Judge, Justice Marshall Umukoro to grant him pardon and freedom.
Eye witness, John Akewa said Mr. Eluhu, currently remanded in Kwale prison custody for assaulting and dehumanizing a woman over minor disagreement with him during his reign as Okowa’s security aide made the appeal when the CJ visited the correctional facility.
Justice Umukoro who reviewed 85 warrants, following which 20 awaiting trials were released and two granted bail, it was gathered, turned down the pleas of the sacked aide for clemency, on the ground that “a woman was stripped of her dignity and reduced to state of inhumanity”.
Eluhu, 47, was charged alongside two others, Onyekachukwu Nebo France, and Anom Victor Ewere 33 years for alleged conspiracy, kidnapping, unlawful detention and attempted murder and had been remanded at Kwale prison since February 18,2019 , while their trial was ongoing at the High court 5, Asaba, the Delta state capital.
OrientWeekend gathered that as the CJ was carrying out his official visit, the embattled former aide Eluhu suddenly fell on his knee in tears while pleading for mercy with Justice Umukoro, adding that his travails were the handiwork of his traducers including high level of conspiracy against him.
Striving to convince the Chief Judge to release him, Eluhu declared that he was already settling out of court with the assaulted woman’s family.
But in what appeared to be mild drama, the man who claimed to be representing the woman’s family failed to answer some questions put before him by Justice Umukoro about his claims that the woman was of unsound mind as alleged and in the process, Justice Umukoro demanded for any medical proof to that effect, asking if it was enough reason to assault and dehumanize the woman.
Eluhu in tears disclosed that his children were missing him, adding that he was asked to repair the Police vehicles which he was allegedly responsible for its damage and ensure that the assaulted woman was present in court before he could be considered for any reprieve.
Eluhu and his accomplices were caught on video assaulting a woman after stripping her naked for allegedly insulting him in a footage that went viral on Twitter earlier this year. Subsequently, the then Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, in a statement, frowned at the unwarranted assault on the woman, especially from the governor’s appointee who ought to ensure that the rule of law was upheld at all times. Governor Ifeanyi Okowa directed that full investigation be carried out into the incident as he was arrested and detained before he was remanded in prison custody
Meanwhile, the wife of the state Governor, Dame Edith Okowa has emphasized the need for all hands to be on deck in the fight against gender-based violence in the state.
Mrs Okowa who spoke to journalists in Asaba Wednesday decried the increasing rate of sexual and gender-related violence against female children in the society, adding that the challenge was not peculiar to Delta state alone but served as national problem.
She however called on parents, especially mothers, to pay attention to the welfare of their children while frowning at the practice of abandoning them in the care of others including house helps and relatives.
According to her, trust had been eroded in the society as a result of the spread of sexual violence and stimulating content on the social media and assured her commitment in the fight against the nefarious act, especially among the youths who are idle and are not ready to work to earn a living for themselves.