By Our Reporters
Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, has stated that his administration will henceforth prosecute any security personnel caught collecting bribe at the borders of the state.
The governor who stated this while signing into law, the Ebonyi State CoronaVirus and other Dangerous Related Matters Law 05, 2020 at the new Government House, Abakaliki, wondered why monies will be collected from returnees following the lockdown of the state as anybody found guilty of such inglorious act will be sent to prison.
“This law provides for immediate imprisonment for anybody that collects bribe as a result of the lockdown. If we catch anybody we will prosecute the person. immediately. I feel for the returnees. We have to find a way to treat them and feed them.”
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Umahi further expressed dismay over the dwindling economic situation posed by the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country and called on leaders of the state to focus their attention on the diversification of the economy instead of relying solely on the dividends of politics.
“Oil have not been sold in this country for the past two months. We are fighting for the survival of the state. Many are depending on politics. It is better we go into agriculture. There so much to do in Ebonyi and I’m appealing to our leaders. We have to re-establish the future of our children. The law ratified all that we have done,” he said.
“Anybody that refuses to be screened will be deemed as a crime.”
“Security personnel should break up any place that continues to hold gathering. Hoarding of foods or essential goods and services within the state is a crime. False information concerning COVID-19 is now a crime.”
The Governor while formally proclaiming the Ebonyi State Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulation, 2020, added that the “Purpose of this Regulation is to prevent and contain the spread of COVID-19, Lassa fever, Cholera, etc within the State.