Firearms Allegation: 64 DC Coordinators to sue Ebonyi NASS members if...


The Forum of 64 Coordinators of Development Centers in Ebonyi State have threatened to sue members of the National Assembly from the State over allegations that Governor David Umahi's led administration has armed its members with firearms and ammunition to fight supporters of the opposition parties in the State.

The Coordinator of Ikwo South East who is also the Publicity Secretary of the Forum, Mr John Ogodo disclosed this while reading the communique raised by the 64 Coordinators at Abakalki on Monday.

The communiqué noted that the Forum had no business with firearms and ammunition of any kind as allleged by the Federal lawmakers in the recent time.

The Coordinators warned that if the National Assembly members from the state fail to substantiate the allegations, they would be left with no other option than to use a legal action against them for false alarm, misinformation and integrity defamation.

“That the present set of Coordinators of Development Centres in Ebonyi State have no business whatsoever with firearms and ammunition of any kind, even as we make bold to challenge Egwu and his group to make public ‘real’ pictorial, not photoshopped evidences of Coordinators of Development Centres and other youths wielding guns as they claim, as failure to substantiate same will leave Coordinators with no other option than instituting a legal action against them for false alarm, misinforming the public and integrity defamation.

“That as Coordinators of our various Development Centres, who by virtue of our mandates are Chief Security Officers at that level and who play supervisory role on men of EBUBEAGU, we have never distributed guns to these hard working young men of Ebonyi State (members of EBUBEAGU), who are sacrificing alot in partnership with security agencies to ensure that every life and property in the state including that of members of National Assembly who are today raising false alarm, enjoys security in it’s true sense," the Forum stated.

According to the Forum, it was disheartening to note that at a time the security situation of the Country had deteriorated, elder statesman like Senator Sam Egwu who had governed the State for Eight years and his colleagues in the National Assembly were playing politics with people’s lives instead of joining forces with Governor David Umahi to chart best ways towards fighting insecurity in the State.

“This attitude we see as irresponsible and a show of the fact that there are probably plans by the authors of the said press briefing to cause mayhem in the state which the presence of the Men of EBUBEAGU is now putting a clog in their wheel of progress.

“We are surprised that at a time Senator Egwu should be agitating for and giving way for the youths to take over the affairs of governance he is busy forming groups to tarnish the good image of very young men and women who are mere Coordinators even when he has selfishly served as Commissioner for Education, two term Governor, contested to be President of Nigeria and National Chairman of PDP respectively which both failed and afterwards appointed Minister for Education and now a Senator in his second term and still seriously asking for a third term. Mr. Senator Sir, If you succeed in destroying our reputations as you are trying to do, how are we going to grow to half your already attained height?

“That we are not unaware of their gimmicks and serious campaign to blackmail the present government in Ebonyi State under the most competent leadership of His Excellency, Engr. (Dr.) David Nweze Umahi who has gone through thick and thin to changing the Ebonyi narrative which has in turn taken away the mockery of asking Ebonyians to “sing the Lord’s song in a strange land.

“The attempt to also slander the person of the Former National Vice Chairman of PDP, South East Zone, His Excellency, Deacon Austin Umahi (OCHIAGHA), is dead on arrival. For the records, Deacon Austin Umahi is a perfect gentleman who discharged his duties with utmost sense of humour, civility," the Forum said.

The Forum therefore, called urged the  general public to disregard the allegations totally as it was one of the plots by the members of the National Assembly from the State to incite crisis and instability in Ebonyi.

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