Sit at Home and Forfeit Your Shop – Gov Umahi Warns

Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi has warned that traders who comply with Monday’s sit-at-home directive risk losing their businesses.

He also advised those who do not have a self-defense weapon to obtain cutlasses.

On Saturday in Abakaliki, Umahi gave the warning in a state-wide broadcast to commemorate his administration’s sixth anniversary.

On Monday, the governor ordered that all marketplaces in the state be opened for business.

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 cutlass, which should be for protection and not for attack.”

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

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“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 implored parents and other relevant stakeholders to encourage their children to follow the road of peaceful coexistence rather than rely on the illusory effects of hard drugs and fetish abilities.

In a similar incident, Mr Mohammed Aliyu, the Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, asked locals to reject the IPOB directive.

Aliyu gave the warning in a statement issued by the command’s Public Relations Department in Enugu.

“We are reassuring everybody about the command’s commitment to collaborate with other security agencies to sustain adequate public security and safety in the state, in line with the mandate of “Operation Restore Peace.”

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