The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, Rivers State chapter, has described as barbaric and brutal, the attack on the Etche Legislative Leader, Rt. Hon. Mrs Cynthia Nwala, at the Etche Local Government Council secretariat, yesterday.
The women branch of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, who vehemently condemned the attack, called for an immediate investigation, stressing that the assault is unpardonable.
In a statement by its chairperson, Mrs. Susan Serekara- Nwikhana, NAWOJ bemoaned that the brutal attack unleashed on Mrs. Nwala is an assault on womanhood.
It is believed that the attack was allegedly carried out by one Mr. Prince Chinedu Onyechi, Chief Security Adviser to the Council Chairman, Hon. Obinna Anyanwu, on the order of his boss.
The NAWOJ boss said the association would not condone any act capable of demeaning womenfolk in the society.
According to her, “looking at how the woman was assaulted, beaten to the point of being stripped naked is barbaric, condemnable and should not be treated with kids gloves.
“It is so painful to see a married man molesting and embarrassing another man’s wife in such a horrible manner and at the same time vandalising her car at the Etche Council Secretariat with thugs.
“We decided to issue this statement based on the information confirmed to NAWOJ by the victim, Rt. Hon. Mrs Cynthia Nwala that the Chief Security Adviser to the council chairman, Prince Chinedu Onyechi, acted based on the directives given to him by the Etche council boss, Hon. Obinna Anyanwu, shortly after the screening of the Special Advisers and Supervisory Councillors at the Etche Local Government Council, Okehi.
“We gathered the woman’s offense was just because she decided to go with the mace for security reasons as Councillors offices were dilapidated and presently under renovation.
She explained that the victim, Mrs. Nwala disclosed that going home with the mace was an agreement between all the Councillors, except for the Chairman.
Mrs. Serekara-Nwikhana called on the civil society organisations, the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) and the Rivers State Police Command to rise up to the occasion and ensure that the Etche Local Government Council Chairman, Hon. Obinna Anyanwu and his Chief Security Adviser, Prince Chinedu Onyechi, face the full wrath of the law.
“Justice must be served appropriately irrespective of who is involved so as to serve as a deterrent to men who derive pleasure in assaulting, molesting and embarrassing women in our society.” NAWOJ insisted.