Irate youths of Elugwu Ettam Community in Okpuitumo, Ikwo Local government Area of Ebonyi State have on saturday set ablaze the country home of Celestine Okah, husband of the state’s Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, Wendy Uchechi Okah.
According to a source, Okah was alleged to have been involved in some crimes in the community, which he denied vehemently.
He was later summoned by the community’s village head who ordered him to swear an oath to prove his innocence which was the customs and traditions of the community.
It was gathered that Okah refused to swear to the oath and instead, he resorted to calling the attention of the Police.
His refusal to take the oath and involvement of the Police infuriated the youths around and they pounced on him before moving to the location of his house where they vandalised and set the property ablaze.
The youths also proceeded to burn down another building belonging to another member of the community whose child is named after the Commissioner.l
By the time the Police arrived at the scene, the destruction had been carried out. But they succeeded in rescuing Okah and whisked him out of the area.
Police Spokesman, Loveth Odah, confirmed the incident. She also said the Police rescued the victim.
When contacted on phone yesterday, wife of the victim and Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development refused to comment on the matter. “I don’t want to make any comment for now,” she said.
Reacting yesterday, Commissioner for Internal Security and Border Peace, Stanley Okoro Emegha, wondered why the community would take the laws into their hands.
He said the state government had waded into the matter, with a view to amicably settling the matter.