Governor David Nweze Umahi has maintained that he never ordered his security agents to shoot anyone that blocks his convoy, Igbere TV reports.
In a statement made available to Igbere TV on Sunday by Mr. Francis Nwaze, Special Assistant to the Governor on New Media and Project Documentation, he described the stories circulating some media platforms that Umahi gave such an order as “false with intent to discredit the Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Nweze Umahi, FNSE, FNATE”.
He narrated what happened and revealed that the Nigerian army has recovered the missing rifle.
He said : “Few days ago, the social media was awash with fabricated stories of total falsehood with intent to discredit the Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Nweze Umahi, FNSE, FNATE. The stories have it that “Governor Umahi ordered security agents to shoot at anyone that blocks his convoy and another fallacy of how a certain man called ‘Fear Not’ blocked the convoy of the governor, struggled with some soldiers and made away with one of the soldiers’ riffle.”
“The above stories came as a shock to the state government as all the stories are in total disagreement with realities on ground which its evidence abound.”
“Undoubtedly, social media has done us real good in some aspect but it has harmed the general public greatly as its circulated falsehood is alarming because it is uncensored.”
“Governor David Nweze Umahi, FNSE, FNATE is an ordained Deacon of Christ Embassy, an Apostle of Anglican Church and a committed Child of God who is known for his spirit of forgiveness. He is a man with conscience and never ordered the security agents to shoot at anyone who blocks his convoy.”
“Umahi returned on Friday, 4th October from South Africa after a 2 day working visit with Mr. President for the purpose of settling the challenges being faced by Nigerians in South Africa. He arrived at Imo State Airport from Abuja around 7:30pm and drove down to Ohaozara around 12:10am to inspect the ongoing construction of Ebonyi State University College of Medicine. He took off around 12:45am to Abakaliki after the inspection only to get to Onicha around 1:00am to see some drunk young men who blocked the road in the name of ‘wake-keep’.”
“The governor was at first sad for the delay in opening the road block as he already had a long day but the team of Police and Army who are attached to the convoy stepped down and cleared the road block and the convoy took off to Abakaliki safely but it was later observed that one of the Army officer’s riffle fell off while trying to clear the road.”
“It is pertinent to note that there was no struggle throughout the time the incident occurred but the governor who is always thinking about the safety of Ebonyians wondered what could have happened if it were a person moving without a team of Army and Police.”
“In his usual effort to curb the menace which may result from such act, the Governor introduced a precautionary measure by ordering that no event across the state should hold beyond 10:00pm for security reasons.”
“However, the lost riffle has been recovered by the Army and those that took it and hid with ulterior motives have been arrested and will be tried and prosecuted accordingly in the court of law.”
“The general public are by this advised to ignore the circulating rumor as it is being carried by haters of good governance.”
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