Governor David Umahi has accused security agencies in the state of alleged collection of bribes from innocent citizens of the state at borders.
Umahi made this known while addressing the stakeholders of the state at the new government house, Abakaliki.
“I have noticed with deep regret that people are not observing the rules or the COVID-19 laws. I was told that the borders are still very porous. Somebody sent me a text, alleging that security agencies in Ebonyi are collecting bribes and I have forwarded it to the service chief’s.
“They are collecting money before allowing people to pass. For example, in our neighbouring state, is a case of somebody that returned from the UK and stayed in Lagos, and sneaked into the state.
“If the borders are properly manned, some people may not be sneaking into the state. Since COVID-19 does not have any pity on anybody, those big men who invade the state shouldn’t have been allowed. This is because, that big man that was allowed into the state may become a source of sorrow to the poor.
“So, I’m disheartened with how porous our borders are. I have over 1000 Technical Assistants, 600 liaison officers, 300 management committee members, 171 councillors, 54 coordinators, thirteen council boss, 71 exco members, House of Assembly members, traditional rulers and many others and yet, they have allowed our borders to remain porous.
“Why do we take everything for a joke? We have set up a special court to try anybody arrested in respect of this.
“Anyone convicted will go in for it. Let me warn that there are no options, it is a straight way to prison” he said.