- The Ebonyi state government has emboldened residents not to cowardly abandon their businesses due to fear of IPOB attack
- Governor Dave Umahi on Saturday, May 29, urged the people of the state to stand their ground and defend themselves against gunmen
- Umahi said if the occasion demands, residents can take up cutlasses to attack the criminals whenever they attempt to harm them
Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi has reacted to the sit-at-home order issued by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the state recently.
In a statement on Saturday, May 29, the governor countered the order of the proscribed southeast group and urged residents to go about their usual daily activities boldly, The Cable reports.
In fact, Umahi warned that traders stand a chance of forfeiting their shops if they refuse to go to marketplaces due to fear of being attacked, Vanguard also reported.
The governor said those who have nothing with which to defend themselves are allowed to use cutlasses in case of threat or danger from gunmen.
“People should go to church on Sunday to pray for the nation’s fallen security agents, civilians and peace and unity of the state and country.
“I challenge the youths, local government area chairmen, security agents, Ebubeagu security outfit, among others, to ensure that no one is molested in the state.
“Anyone who has nothing to protect himself should do so with a cutlass, which should be for protection and not for attack.”
He also called on the operatives of the regional security outfit known as Ebubeagu to rise to the occasion and ensure that the lives and properties of people in the state are secured as they deal with armed criminals.
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Umahi had said IPOB members were not responsible for most of the numerous attacks in parts of the state. The governor stated this on Wednesday, April 29, while briefing newsmen on some issues discussed at the state's security council meeting.
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Umahi who also the chairman of the Southeast Governors' Forum added that the hoodlums responsible for the attacks hide under the umbrella of IPOB.
Making reference to a recent attack on a bank at Onueke in Ezza South local government area of the state, Umahi said those responsible were "pure bandits".