Ruga: Take back your words in 7 days or meet me in court - Umahi warns Ebonyi group

Ruga: Take back your words in 7 days or meet me in court - Umahi warns Ebonyi group

- Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi is giving a group seven days to apologise over over allegations that he plans Ruga in the state

- Umahi denies the claim and says he is forced to react because the allegations by Paschal Oluchukwu and his organisation are baseless

- The governor wants the public apology in four national dailies

Governor David Umahi, on Thursday, October 24, issued a seven-day ultimatum to Paschal Oluchukwu and his 'Organisation of Ebonyi Indigenes in the Diaspora' to apologise over an allegation seen as injurious.

Oluchukwu had claimed that the governor was planning to establish the Ruga settlement for herdsmen in the state.

He had called on Ebonyi residents to reject the plan while calling on Umahi to rescind the reported decision.

Daily Sun reports that in a letter signed by the governor's special assistant on media, Francis Nwaze, however, Umahi threatened to go to court against the organisation if it fails to apologise over the allegation.

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According to the letter, Umahi described the allegations as prejudiced and targeted at turning the people of the state against the governor and his administration.

Nwaze said the allegations would have been ignored since they are mere falsehood, but that the government is forced to react because of perceived prejudice from Oluchukwu and for posterity sake.

The letter stated: “Such write-up is not just geared towards casting aspersions on the government’s matchless commitments to good governance, but a conscious attempt to pit us against our people whose collective will as enshrined in the constitution, we swore to protect."

Umahi said he wanted a published full page retraction and apologies.

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“Therefore we are giving you and your group an ultimatum of seven days from Friday, October 25, 2019 to write a full page retraction and apologies of that ill-conceived write-up against the Ebonyi state government in four national dailies," Umahi warned.

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