The Obi of Owa in Delta State, Dr E. O. Efeizomor, has revoked the chieftaincy title bestowed on a former security aide to the state governor, Mr Friday Eluro.
Eluro was caught on video assaulting a woman for allegedly insulting him.
He was stripped of the title: Onye Webuoda Son of Owa, following the emergence of the footage posted by a group, the United Patriots of Nigeria, on Twitter, showing a naked woman being assaulted by some men, while she was tied up.
In a series of accompanying tweets, the group alleged that the assault on one Miss Dada of Delta State, who is suspected to be of an unsound mind, was on the instruction of Eluro.
The aide was earlier relieved of his duty by the Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, who frowned on the unwarranted assault on the woman on the instruction and supervision of an appointee of the government, who ought to ensure that the rule of law was adhered to at all times.
In a statement issued on the revocation of the chieftaincy title, Efeizomor said all customary privileges attached to the title had been withdrawn.
The statement read, “My attention has been drawn by the Owa Community Counci to the video recording evidencing the unjustifiable and dehumanising act of a chief of Owa Kingdom, Mr Friday Eluro, known as the Onye Webuoda Son of Owa Kingdom, on a helpless woman within the precincts of Owa Kingdom.
“Sequel to the above, I call on all security agencies to act swiftly in a bid to restore the confidence and human dignity of the said woman.
“The chieftaincy title of Onye Webuoda Son of Owa is hereby withdrawn from Mr Friday Eluro with immediate effect. All customary privileges attached to the chieftaincy title are hereby withdrawn.”
However, the Civil Society Advanced Forum on Sustainable Development has said that the matter will not be laid to rest until justice prevails.
The National Coordinator of the group, Caroline Usikpedo, said, “There will be a mobilisation on Wednesday to demand justice. We are calling for the prosecution of that man and all his accomplices.
“We have also been informed that the woman is still under threat of Eluro and his men. When we get to the Obi of Owa’s palace, we will request to be taken to the house of the woman and we will also call for her protection.”
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Aniamaka Andrew, confirmed to our correspondent that Eluro and his accomplices were in custody.
“Eluro is in custody as well as other alleged perpetrators of the crime. The Delta State Police Command is doing everything humanly possible to ensure that justice prevails. We will hear from all the parties and at the end of the investigation, if he (Eluro) is found culpable, he will be charged to court,” Andrew stated.