Thugs Plan To Bomb LNEC LG Offices In Ebonyi a Gov Umahi Alledges.
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has alleged plans by some political thugs imported into the state by desperate politicians to bomb thirteen local government area offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state.
Governor Umahi, who stated this while fielding questions from journalists after a statewide broadcast ahead of Saturday 23rd election.
His words: 'I have also been told that there are plans to bomb lNEC local government headquarters offices.'
While condemning the outbreak of violence in some parts of the state which has led to burning of houses and killings at Mkpuma Akpatakpa in Abaja community of Izzi LGA, the governor promised to fish out all the perpetrators.
He also condemned the act at Ikwo local government area where the vice chairman of the council, Mrs Regina Iteshi was attacked by hoodlums and objects were allegedly inserted into her private part. He promised to bring all the perpetrators to book.
'My major concern is that we have a free and a fair election on Saturday. There were few things we noticed on 15th February that were not in the character of Ebonyi people.
'Inserting objects in the private parts of the vice chairman of Ikwo. Justice may be delayed, but the law must take its full course. Yesterday, I visited Izzi and saw the faces of defenseless father and mother whose son was killed, and their houses burnt down.
'All those who participated in the killing of the young man and burning of houses will never go scot-free. Politicians are behind the killings and burning down of houses. My promise to all the victims, the young man that was killed and other six others, all those behind it must be brought to book.
'I appeal there should be no reprisal attack. I have ordered that anybody that wants to kill our people should be shot at sight.
'People must be allowed to exercise their right and vote for whom they want to vote for. I promised that if there is not reprisal attack, after the election, I will start the process of building the burnt houses.
'Lives of Ebonyians are very important to us than positions and election. And anyone that takes the lives of others such will follow them to their fifth generation. Ebonyians must be alert and demobilise anybody that is parading thugs with police escort.
'Let me also warn INEC. I learnt that a certain political party wants to cancel the the election. That they will go from one polling booth to another to kill people. If you are INEC worker, discharge your duty according to the electoral law. I have asked the youths and Ebonyians to resist any INEC officials that want to compromise. I learnt that collation officers are meeting, saying they nominate this and that.
'Let me also remind everybody involve in the election that the electoral act allows the state to bring to book anybody that erred. If you fail to work by the rules, after the election, you will answer the breaches,' Umahi stated.
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|Publication:||Nigerian Tribune (Oyo State, Nigeria)|
|Date:||Feb 21, 2019|
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