Opposition: Umahi draws battle line for Anyim, Egwu, supporters in Ebonyi


By Agatha Eze

Governor David Nweze Umahi on Friday, warned former Nigeria Senate President, Anyim Pius Anyim and Senator representing Ebonyi North Senatorial District,  Sam Ominyi Egwu against their invitation of the Indigenous Peoples Of Biafra, IPOB members to interfere with his administration.


NATIONAL PANEL gathered that the state witnessed a great damage during #EndSARS protest especially  when it was hijacked by hoodlums.

Briefing Journalists at the Exco Chambers, Old Government House, Abakaliki shortly after an enlarged security meeting in the state, the governor accused the former SGF Anyim Pius Anyim and the former governor of the state, Sam Egwu, of allegedly recruiting cultists and some members of IPOB to cause mayhem in the state.

It was also  gathered that during the #ENDSARS protest, many police stations in Ebonyi were burnt with many lives lost and several persons sustained scores of pathetic injuries but up till now, the two prominent stakeholders allegedly made no  input to restore permanent peace in the state.

The governor frowned at the strange antics of the duo and unveiled his readiness to use his office to fight the situation.

 “I want the media to note that I reported an allegation that some Ebonyi people are engaging cultists and according to them, some IPOB members to start killings and crisis in Ebonyi state in the name of fighting Ebonyi state government and the governor.

“And their leader is Senator Anyim Pius Anyim and their members are Dr. Sam Egwu, Senator Obinna Ogba, Mr Ali Odefa and others.

“This is alleged information I got and I needed to share this information with the security agency. The reason is that every governor in the state has been fought by the same set of people and it is very interesting to know that the same senator Pius Anyim fought the former governor Egwu and many people were killed.

“I am not saying that this information is true or not but I needed to raise an alarm because lives will be lost, I pray to God that this shouldn’t be true. And I have asked the security agencies to reach out to them.

“Their party (PDP) will exist peacefully in the state and nobody is going to harass them. But it is important to put it on notice that this is what we heard. It may be true and it may not be true.

“It is something that we need to bring to the notice of the members of the public, so that, God forbid if the information is true and it started happening, let it be that I got the information and I shared it with security agencies.

“I have also directed security agencies to reach them and assure them that nobody will harass them. That nobody will stop their activities in the state and this is very important.

“Finally, I have also directed security agencies to ensure the implementation of policies on tinted glasses of vehicles in the state, the use of a siren and then the police escort.

“And same set of people use sirens, use police escorts and use tinted glasses and when they get to their various localities the police will be shooting on air. We do not want that.

“And I have asked the security agencies to insist on deposing them of such police that they use to harass our innocent citizens. And to stop those who are not supposed to use siren, tinted glasses and cover plates from doing that.

“It is only in Ebonyi state that such a thing is being abused. When I finish, I will go back to my business by God’s special Grace. If you caught me in a tinted glass vehicle, then you have to arrest me.

“Nobody is above the law. Nobody is asking them to join APC but they cannot set the state on crisis. We cannot allow them. They should be told that we will confront them openly, if they try to start killings in Ebonyi state, the governor is appealing to them to be peaceful and know that Ebonyi belongs to all of us.

“Nobody is the owner of the state, so let them not stay in Abuja or another place and behave like they are the owner of the state. If they try to fight the state, this will be their last fight, they will fight this one and they will not fight again," Umahi said.

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