Umahi warns people over blocking gov’s convoy

Umahi warns people over blocking gov’s convoy
…Bans wake- keep beyond 10pm

By Nwaeze Angela

Ebonyi state governor, Engr. David Nweze Umahi, has made it crystal clear that anyone who blocked a governor’s convoy and was shot dead in the process by security operatives, is killed in accordance with the law.

Umahi disclosed this while receiving some guests at the State Executive Chambers in Abakaliki.

He said it is a criminal breach of the law to block a governor’s convoy, adding that it could lead to death.

The governor was reacting to a recent incident where his convoy was blocked by those observing wake keep.

His convoy was on Friday, blocked by mourners along Onicha Road in Onicha Local Government Area, on his way back to the State capital from his hometown Uburu, in Ohaozara local government area.

The road block was said to have been mounted by a group of people observing a wake-keep following a burial ceremony in the area.

“That’s what it means. Any other time, the ADC should order for a shoot. It is against the law to block the Governor, and if any one should be killed in the process, it is in accordance with the law,” he retorted.

The governor claimed that the culprits made away with a gun belonging to an Army Officer and expressed worry over what they could have done if they had encountered an ordinary victim.

He directed his security details to ensure that all the culprits were identified and brought to book.

Meanwhile, the governor also placed a ban on all forms of wake-keep beyond 10pm in the state.

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He said that in a situation where the wake-keep will go beyond 10pm, the organizers of such event must seek permission from the local government chairman, who would be held responsible if any problem occurs .

Umahi narrated: “Yesterday night, I was coming back by 12 midnight. Of course I had to stop over at the College to inspect projects, but when we got to Onicha, they blocked the road”.

“Even with the litany of Army and the Police and everything, they did not even want to open the road. Then I said they should arrest all of them, but most of them ran away. I think they even took a gun of an Army Officer”.

“The Chairman of the Local Government, the House of Assembly members and coordinators, they are working very hard and the SSA on Security, they are all there to sort it out. But I say, all of them will go to prison. So they have to identify them, bring them here and we will prosecute them to show example.

“And I want it to be announced that henceforth, no wake keep should go past 10pm. If you must pass 10pm, take written permission from the Chairman of the Local Government, and both the chairman and the person that requested will be held responsible if any problem occurs”.

“This should be widely circulated and properly announced. My problem is not that they blocked the Governor, but my worry is supposing that it was a smaller person that was passing, who had no Army and Police, they would have robbed the person”.

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