IPOB: Defend Yourselves Against Molestation, Gov Umahi Tells Residents

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IPOB: Defend Yourselves Against Molestation, Gov Umahi Tells Residents
Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi has warned that his government will not tolerate any restriction of movement in the State, urging the Ebubeagu security outfit to be on guard.

Umahi asked those without weapons to arm themselves with cutlasses for self-defence purpose.

He said this in a state-wide broadcast on Saturday in Abakaliki to commemorate the sixth anniversary of his administration.

His comment was in reaction to the order issued by Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, to the people of the South-East region.

According to the governor, all markets in the state should open for business on Monday.

He said: “There should be free movement of people in the state on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and other days of the year.

“People should go to church on Sunday to pray for the nation’s fallen security agents, civilians and peace and unity of the state and country.

“I challenge the youths, local government area chairman, security agents, Ebebeagu security outfit, among others, to ensure that no one is molested in the state.

“Anyone who has nothing to protect himself should do so with a cutlass, which should be for protection and not for attack.”

He said that all forms of procession had been banned in the state except those organised by council chairmen.

“I have been notified about such processions and they are being used to profile our people for empowerment.

“I charge the Ebubeagu security outfit, which is backed by the state laws, to ensure that the people are protected,” Umahi said.

He said the state could not go into “second slavery under any guise”, pointing out that “the secession the people need is massive economic development.

“There will be movement in other parts of the country, if there is none in the South-East so people should therefore ignore such order.

“Ebonyi people are grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari for all his assistance and if people do not see his goodness, he has been good to us,” he said.

He urged parents and relevant stakeholders to advise youths to toe the path of peaceful co-existence and not depend on the illusionary influences of hard drugs and fetish powers.

In a related development, the Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Mr Mohammed Aliyu, also advised residents to disregard the IPOB order.

Aliyu gave the advice in a statement issued in Enugu by the command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Daniel Ndukwe, on Saturday.

This post was written by Obiajulu Joel Nwolu.

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