By Bassey Bassey
A serving female personnel in the Yakurr Division of the Nigeria Police Force, Grace Omini Ibiang on Friday was fined a goat for beating up her mother earlier in the day.
Sources say Mrs. Ibiang and her aged mother had a misunderstanding with details not clear as at press time.
But, her age grade members waded in and attempted punishing her by flogging; a custom; but she resisted.
The matter was then reported to the Obol Lopon of Ugep, who was recently elevated to the Paramount Ruler of Yakurr LGA.
Mrs. Ibiang’s age grade members told CrossRiverWatch that they resolved in an informal session to appease the gods by killing a goat on her behalf which she must pay for.
“According to our custom and tradition in Ugep, any person that beats her mother is an abomination. So, to appease the gods, we need to kill a goat,” said a member of Mrs. Ibiang’s age grade who preferred anonymity.
She continued: “And we have already killed a goat. So she needs to pay whatever money the owner of the goat says it cost and we need to flog her also. She is even a police but she act(ed) foolishly.”
But, her mother is ready to forgive.
“If my daughter begs me, I will forgive her,” she told CrossRiverWatch.
Attempts to arrest Mrs. Ibiang by the Police failed as her whereabout is currently unknown.
Obol Ofem had summoned the youth President who mobilized some youths and alongside Police personnel stormed Mrs. Ibiang’s residence to arrest her but met an empty apartment.
However, the Police personnel assured residents that the matter will be reported to the appropriate department in the force and necessary actions taken.
CrossRiverWatch is yet to reach the Police command in the state for comments.
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