Umahi commends operation of Ebubeagu, urges youths to shun crimes

Governor David Nweze Umahi has commended the operational system of the Ebubeagu security outfit in Ebonyi and urged youths to shun crimes as the outfit has been directed to spare no criminal element in the state.

 Umahi made the commendation in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Francis Nwaze on Wednesday at Government Secondary School Okposi, Ebonyi State.

The Governor was a Special Guest of Honour at a novelty football match as part of the ongoing 2021 Governor David Nweze Umahi’s Annual School Sports at the Ebonyi South Zone holding at the Government Secondary School Okposi.

In his address during the match played by his alma mater, Government Secondary School Afikpo and St. Michael's College Oshiri, he expressed his worries about the carriers of fake news. 

He described as a very unfortunate how people have taken so much falsehoods into social media.

On the news making the rounds on the social media that there was suicide bomber's attack in Afikpo, Umahi said: "I have received a lot of calls that there is a Fulani Herdsman suicide bomber in Afikpo and this is really unfortunate. It is an accident that happened, self-inflicted accident by a Mobile Policeman who is not a Fulani man."

He further warned against creating unnecessary fears in the minds of the people, noting that there is no suicide bomber or bombing in Ebonyi State.

He urged the people of Afikpo to go about their normal businesses peacefully.

In respect to the the South East regional security outfit in the state, Umahi pointed out that: "Ebubeagu has come to stay."

He explained that "Ebubeagu is backed by law which is a lawful demand by the good people of the South East and it's very unfortunate that some people believe that everything is politics. If you are law-abiding and you are in the state, you will enjoy the protection of the conventional security and the Ebubeagu Security."

While speaking further on the functions of the regional security outfit, he said:
"Ebubeagu can arrest by the reason of the law. Ebubeagu has the powers to arrest and send the person to the Police to prosecute."

Umahi also urged the youths to eschew violence and criminality.

"Finally, let me appeal to our youths. You have no reason to be into crimes; you have no reason to be brainwashed... We have made contingent provision for our youths, empowerment for them. If you still engage in any form of criminality, you will regret it," he advised.

On the Sit-at-Home Order slated to hold on the 29th and 30th May, 2021 as ordered by IPOB, Governor Umahi reminded the people that: "The Biafra we need is this development that we are doing. Anywhere the South East people are being marginalized, we are articulating them and we are taking them to the national.”

Umahi is hopeful that at the end of all the competitions, with participants from primary and secondary schools in the state, tertiary institutions and the Development Centres, with grand finale in Abakaliki, those that will represent the state in future Sports events will emerge.

He said that the winners in the Zone will be heading to the State capital, Abakaliki to compete with other Zonal champions in order to decide the overall best teams.

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