Some women, under the auspices of Imo Widows Association, Jesus Triumphant Widows Association and Amuzi Widows Association, among others, were allegedly attacked by hoodlums in Owerri, Imo State capital, during a solidarity rally for the Minister of State for Education, Professor Viola Onwuliri.
The over 2,500 women, dressed in black, had arrived the Okigwe Roundabout, opposite the Government House, Owerri, as early as 8am, singing solidarity songs in support of President Goodluck Jonathan and Professor Onwuliri.
They sang songs insinuating that the state government was against Onwuliri, saying “leave our benefactor alone. She is working for the good of all.”
Thugs were said to have suddenly emerged from around the government house and attacked the protesting women, leaving some in critical conditions.
A statement by the Special Assistant to the Minister, Mr. Peter Osamgbi, said: “This is a clear act of impunity, and a deliberate violence against women by a government that ought to protect them.”
It will be recalled that Professor Onwuliri had Commissioned a couple of Federal Government Projects in Imo, which include Faculty of Law building and the ICT Centre in Imo State University.
Others are water projects at the Police and DSS Headquarters, Entrepreneurship Centre, and other TETFund buildings at Federal Polytechnic Nekede and Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, among others.