The governor of Ebonyi state, Chief David Umahi on Friday has banned the release of corpses in Ebonyi, and ordered the arrest of some policemen attached with the state police command whose names was yet to be identified, for supervising a burial rite that took place in some Local government areas of the state.
The arrest was as a result of the violation against the ban on conducting burial rites in the state earlier issued by the State government.
Others to be arrested include the members of the two families who conducted the burial in two local government areas; Ezza South and Ikwo local government area.
The Governor who frowned at the development stressed that it was wrong for citizens of the state to violate government directives as this showed disregard to constitutionally instituted authorities.
Umahi made this known while briefing newsmen at the new government lodge Abakaliki, Ebonyi state Capital.
He revealed the efforts of the state government towards tackling the dreaded coronavirus in the State, just as he directed the State Commissioner of Police, CP Awoshola Awotinde, to ensure the arrest of all the policemen that supervised the burial ceremonies.
The Governor, also directed the Vice Chancellor of Alex Ekuweme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo Ebonyi State to stop releasing corpses for burial in the State, so as to ensure the safety of citizens of the State.
“Commissioner of Police make sure that the policemen that supervised the burial are arrested and detained. Chairmen of Ezza South and Ikwo, I don’t understand how burial ceremonies will take place in your LGA and you people are not aware. This thing should stop. We should safeguard the lives of our citizens.”
The Governor called on the Permanent Secretary of State Affairs, Mr. Austin Udude, and the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Daniel Umezuruike, to identity 2 hotels within the capital which will be taken over by the State government for occupation by medical workers in the fight against the scourge.
On the lock down of the State which will commence Saturday, the Governor charged the Chairmen of all the LGAs and security operatives to ensure strict compliance to the directive of the State Government.
According to the Governor, the lock down is not a joke as only vehicles on essential duty will be allowed into the State.
“The kits we ordered will arrive tomorrow. Everybody should take this campaign seriously. ” he stated.