… As Umahi Bans Burial Wake Keep
By Esther Nworie
Native doctors and traditional medicine dealers in Ebonyi state have been directed to within the next 7 days register with the government of Ebonyi State or risk prosecution.
Governor David Umahi gave the directive on Wednesday during the State Security Council Meeting held at the New Government House, Abakaliki.
The governor condemned the killing of security personnel in the state and charged the security to crack down on the bandits operating in the state.
Governor Umahi also placed a ban on burial wake keep and other social activities that takes place in the night in the state.
According to the governor, any wake keep beyond 6 pm will attract a one million naira fine.
“We have agreed that all native doctors in the state and traditional medicine dealers must within seven days today register with the Commissioner for Border Peace, with the Commissioner for health, and with the CP.
“There will be an executive order to this event and anyone that is caught doing otherwise will be arrested and will be prosecuted.
“We are aware that there are some killings over the weekend; a policeman was killed, two army men were killed and I think one civilian and their killers are pure bandits. They do this killing and put it on social media that they are members of IPOB or ESN. Without standing for either IPOB or ESN, but they continue to deny that they are not into violence but for me, criminality is criminality and I have directed security agencies to crack down on all criminal activities in the state. And for those who did the killings, the security agencies must bring them to book within 72 hours, they must do that.
“We agreed that there is rampant fake news in Ebonyi state. Like today, somebody posted that herdsmen are in Ebonyi and they are killing people and schools started closing down, students and pupils started running helter scatter, is that what we will continue to tolerate?
“And so, I have directed whether you are in opposition, whether you agree, whatever thing you are, you should be tracked down so that you should be going to court to prove whatever thing you are putting.
“We have directed that all wake keeps in the state must end by 6:pm and the local government Chairmen, security agents and Ebubeagu must enforce this. All social activities must end by 6:pm. When you defy this order, you will pay a minimum of N1million because a lot of activities that happened during this week keep going into the night”.Follow us