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Umahi bans the use of schools and markets for political campaigns in Ebonyi

Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi has banned political parties from using schools and markets for political campaigns in the state.

According to the governor, members of political parties still defecate and litter these areas.

Umahi revealed this during the Citizens’ Contribution to Budget 2023 held at the State Ecumenical Center, Abakaliki on Monday.

The governor further banned the use of motorcycles beyond 7 p.m. in the state.

According to him, the ban will reduce insecurity in the state as unknown gunmen use motorbikes to commit atrocities, killing people.

He said: “I want HAG to issue an executive order prohibiting the presence of motorbikes in all parts of Ebonyi State from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

“All the unknown gunmen use motorbikes, so if you want to use a motorbike, use it before 7 p.m.

“We must do everything we can to secure your lives. My very good friend who was part of the construction of this place was killed last night in Nssuka by unknown gunmen. Many people have lost themselves in this state in this kind of wickedness.

“When we make certain decisions because we have to make them, it is the responsibility of every government to protect lives and property.”

Reacting to people’s backlash that Ebubeagu should be disbanded, he said, “Those advocating for Ebubeagu to be banned should go sit down because Ebubeagu has come to stay. If one of them is caught by a person from Ebubeagu, I throw the person in jail.

“That’s what the law says. But you can castigate them on Facebook. If you come here, they’ll catch you to prove what you said about them.

“There is a law for that. They have the authority to arrest and immediately hand over to the police, and they will continue to do so,” he said.

The governor also noted that his government would not tolerate hate speech and lies in the state.

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“We are going to create a legal commission. Whether you’re campaigning or not, whether you’re APC or not, and whether you’re saying hate speech, we’re going to test you in court.

“Freedom of expression is not synonymous with lying. It does not amount to hate speech. We have a law on that. If the federal government does not enforce its law, we will enforce ours here.

“From November 1, no more gatherings in schools, whether primary or secondary schools, and I will explain myself.

“If you have to hold rallies there, you have to go to the education commissioner. The commissioner has to give you his approval because when you gather in these schools the sheets that are defecated there, the clean water and everything, who cleans it?

He added: “The billboard that APGA people are crying over, started in Anambra State, ours will be no different. You pay for the billboard there, you come here, you pay for the billboard, including APC. “There will be an executive order on this, if you want to go to court and challenge it, we will continue until it reaches the Supreme Court. We set aside money to try every case so that if you talk about what you don’t know, the long arm of the law will catch up with you.