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The Executive Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi has ordered his security aides to shoot anyone who blocks his convoy.
Umahi is one of the governors in the South-East of Nigeria.
Premium Times reports that the governor said it was within the law even though the gunshot results in death.
The governor reportedly gave the order on Saturday while whining how some mourners at a wake-weep blocked his convoy.
Some mourners reportedly blocked the governor’s convoy along Onicha Road in Onicha Local Government Area of the State.
He was on his way back from his Uburu, Ohaozara hometown Friday night.
Umahi reportedly complained that one of his security aides lost his rifle due to the incident.
The Ebonyi State governor expressed his anger before his guests at the State Executive Chambers in Abakaliki.
He described the blockage as a breach of the law.
“Yesterday night, I was coming back by midnight. Of course, I had to stop over at the college to inspect projects, but when we got to Onicha, they blocked the road,” Premium Times quotes the governor as saying.
He added “Even with the litany of the army and the police and everything, they did not even want to open the road. Then I said they should arrest all of them, but most of them ran away. I think they even took a gun of an army officer,” he said.
Track And Arrest Anyone Who Runs Away
The governor said those who ran away can later be arrested and be prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others.
“But I say, all of them will go to prison. So they have to identify them, bring them here and we will prosecute them to show an example,” he said.
Premium Times says the governor said the law permits anyone shot in such circumstances.
He ordered his ADC to shoot an kill, to stop anyone, like the mourners from blocking his convoy.
“Next time the ADC should order for a shoot. It is very illegal to block the governor. And if anybody is killed in the course of that, it is allowed in the law.
“And it is not me that is the problem, it is the common man, nobody should be oppressed…,” the governor said.
Governor Ban Wake-Keep Beyond 10 p.pm
Due to the incident, Umahi announced a ban on wake-keep exceeding 10 p.m in the state.
He said permission must be taken from the Local Government Chairman to exceed the 10 p.m limit.
“And I want it to be announced that henceforth, no wake-keep should go past10 p.m. If you must pass 10 p.m., take written permission from the chairman of the local government, and both the chairman and the person that requested will be held responsible if any problem occurs.”
The governor reportedly said that the mourners would have robbed him if he didn’t have police or soldiers.
“This should be widely circulated and properly announced. My problem is not that they blocked the governor, but my worry is supposing that it was a smaller person that was passing, who had no army and police, they would have robbed the person,” he whined