- Ebonyi state has recorded its first Covid-19 death
- This comes as the state governor, David Umahi, ordered the immediate shutting down of all courts in the state
- Umahi also ordered all judiciary staff in the state to immediately proceed for COVID-19 testing
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Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state has ordered the shutting down of all courts in the state immediately.
The Nation reports that the governor gave the directive in a state-wide broadcast to residents on Friday, June 19.
Legit.ng gathers that Umahi also ordered all judiciary staff in the state to immediately proceed for COVID-19 testing.
He announced that the state has recorded its first Covid-19 death.
According to the latest data from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Ebonyi has 234 confirmed Covid-19 cases.
Meanwhile, the Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in Disapora (AESID), a non-governmental organization, has decried the alleged anti-democratic tendencies of the Ebonyi state government.
The group in a statement sent to journalists on Saturday, June 13 by its president, Ambassador Pascal Oluchukwu, condemned the recent arrest of a former commissioner for information in Ebonyi state, Chief Abia Onyike.
It said the arrest order was issued to the Directorate of State Security Services (DSS) by Governor Umahi.
Part of the statement read: “We are deeply saddened that Governor Umahi who made the order while giving an update on COVID-19 in the state at the Government House, Abakaliki has continued to flourish on his anti-democratic credentials even on the eve of the celebration of Nigeria’s chequered democratic experiment by ordering incessant arrests of citizens who share differing views on matters of policies and governance in his five-year-old administration.
“The crime of Chief Onyike according to the governor is the claim that he came into Ebonyi from an ‘unknown destination’ and allegedly violated the COVID-19 lockdown rules in the state by not quarantining himself.
“He was consequently barred from entering his Edda village in (Afikpo South LGA) by the anti-COVID-19 task force causing him to return to the state capital.
“We are rudely shocked that Governor Umahi could stoop so low by asking the state's secret service to pick the former commissioner up in his Abakaliki residence for immediate isolation at its facility."
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