Nigerians React As Umahi’s Orderlies Flog Civil Servants In Ebonyi
An alleged video showing suspected military men flogging civil servants and others at the site of the ongoing Ebonyi Airport, Onueke, in the Ezza South Local Government Area of the state has sparked outrage on social media.
It was alleged that the military men executed the act on Tuesday under the instruction of Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state.
This is as the State Government debunked the claims, saying those shown in the video were miscreants who planned to enforce sit-at-home orders and instill fear in workers on the site while the governor was on inspection.
Commenting on the video, a lawyer and human rights activist, in the state, Barr Steve Ugama, described it as unfortunate, adding it was demeaning of an elected governor.
He said, “I have watched the video and it is clearly evident that it happened right in the presence of the governor. It’s utterly disgusting. There are better ways of punishing civil servants who came to work late.
“For an elected governor to order the flogging of citizens in the manner as portrayed in the video is very unfortunate. It should never have happened and all right-thinking citizens of the state have to condemn it. It’s so demeaning.
“Our governor keeps doing things that will rubbish the good works he has done. It’s my hope that those he flogged will take steps to seek redress in appropriate courts.”
The Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, Chika Nwoba, said, “Governor David Umahi ordering his military security men to beat workers in Ebonyi State, shows the state is becoming a junta of a regime.
“Umahi is becoming a military ruler in a democracy. His APC gubernatorial candidate, Francis Nwifuru, is watching and probably learning the art of brutish governance.”
He added, on his Facebook Page, on Tuesday night, “Governor David Umahi visited the Ebonyi airport site in Onueke by 7:30 am today. He ordered that the gate be closed against workers arriving at the site after him.
He ordered his military men to flog each of them with 7, 12, and 18 strokes of the cane. All the workers and civil servants rolled on the muddy floor and were flogged like common criminals. The elders amongst them cried aloud to no mercy.