The Governor of Ebonyi state, David Umahi has given the sum of N500,000 to Chijioke Oratu a physically challenged man, who was assaulted by two soldiers for wearing camouflage uniform in Onitsha, Anambra state.
Oratu who is from Ebonyi state was received at the chambers of the Government’s House, in Abakaliki, on Tuesday, February 14 by the Governor. The Governor said the N500,000 given to him was to aid his recovery and rehabilitation and promised to empower him by setting up a business for him.
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Last week, some power-drunk soldiers assaulted Oratu in broad daylight in Anambra, dragged him off his wheel chair and beat the hell out of him for wearing a military camouflage.
The incident which was recorded on camera left many people shocked with army authorities forced to demote and imprison the officers involved in the assault.
Spokesperson Sani Usman, a Brigadier General, in a statement said the culprits, Bature Samuel and Abdulazeez Usman, who were both corporals, had been demoted to privates and imprisoned for 21 days with hard labour. They are to also forfeit their pay for the 21 days.
However, Governor Umahi has said the 21-day imprisonment given to the soldiers was not enough and asked for their further prosecution.
Umahi also directed his senior special adviser on welfare and religious matters to liaise with the victim and his family on the best way to resettle him.