By Prisca Sam-Duru
It was a bizarre and embarrassing moment for indegenes of Umuozu, a community in Nwangele LGA of Imo State when a man (names withheld) was forced to walk from house to house naked.
An eye witness account has it that the young man, with wife and a daughter, a native of Umuchoke in Umuozu was accompanied by blood thirsty looking men who clutched cutlasses as if ready to kill as they escorted their victim from one house to the other.
Beholding the ugly incident when the man was brought to his own family, our source said that the man’s extended family members were embarrassed such that the elders among them quickly drove the children inside the house before confronting the armed escorts.
It was gathered that the eldest in the family who initially thought that it was a case of theft which was one crime that could lead to such incident, couldn’t get any response from the man, as he refused to utter a word. He was told by the angry mob that his brother was caught having sex with another man.
They further said that the traditional ruler of the community directed that the man should be stripped naked and taken round the community especially where he is well known. They however failed to answer any question regarding the man’s partner in the said crime, but added that their traditional ruler His Royal Highness Eze Emmanuel Uzoma Ohanyere 11 of Umuozu requested his presence.
The reason the angry mob gave for humiliating a man in such manner, according to our source was not enough as she claimed that the issue of homosexualism is a man’s private life and thus, no one should be judged by anyone except God.
A twist however took place when the villagers gathered at the Eze’s palace where it was discovered that the man’s partner in crime was actually a much younger boy though with questionable character. The story had it that the man who confessed before his kinsmen that he has been a gay for over 30 years starting from when he was residing in the northern part of the country, before relocating to his home town, was said to have been caught raping the boy.
The villagers who did not believe that the boy was raped, did not spare him either as they gave him the beating of his life. It was concluded that the man who was set free afterwards on grounds that he would not be involved in such act again or face more stringent punishment, may have been humiliated for involving a teenager in such sexual act without his consent.