- Ebonyi state governor, David Umahi has issued a 7-day ultimatum to native doctors and traditional medicine dealers
- Umahi gave the directive after the weekly State Security Council meeting in Abakaliki
- The governor threatened that anyone who defies the directive would be arrested and prosecuted
Native doctors and traditional medicine dealers in Ebonyi state have been ordered to register with government agencies or risk arrest and prosecution within 7 days following the spate of insecurity in the state.
The Guardian reports that the ultimatum was given by Governor David Umahi after a security meeting at the Government House as part of measures to safeguard the state.
According to him, all native doctors in the state and traditional medicine dealers must register with the Commissioner for Border Peace, commissioner for health, and commissioner of police.
He maintained that the commissioners would be empowered with an executive order to arrest and prosecute any offender, Daily Trust reports.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Umahi said the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) were not responsible for most of the numerous attacks in parts of Ebonyi state.
The governor stated this on Wednesday, April 29, while briefing newsmen on some issues discussed at the state's security council meeting.
Umahi who is also the chairman of the Southeast Governors' Forum added that the hoodlums responsible for the attacks hide under the umbrella of IPOB.
Similarly, Umahi claimed that most criminals in the southeast perpetrate crimes and claim they are IPOB/ESN members because they believe they will get the sympathy of Nigerians as the groups are rumoured and alleged to be persecuted by the federal government.
He explained that there are bandits and terrorists in all parts of Nigeria, but that these persons are in desperate need of a name or a designation for themselves.
In a related development, the Ebonyi state governor imposed curfew in the border axis of the state starting from Wednesday, April 28, from 8pm to 6am.
The governor also banned all social events such as wake-keeping and nightclubbing from 6 pm, warning defaulters will be fined N1 million.