Ebonyi Govt debunks video of soldiers flogging civil servants
By CHARLES ONYEKWERE
Ebonyi State Government has denied the video of security personnel attached to the State Governor, Mr David Umahi, flogging some civil servants while on inspection of projects.
In a statement issued by the State Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Mr Uchenna Orji, the state government noted that the video was doctored to discredit the Governor by enemies of the state government.
Orji explained that the footage was a video manipulation of an aborted attempt by miscreants to block the Airport gate and inflict fear on those working at the ongoing International Airport and possibly embarrass the Governor who was on a routine inspection visit to the Airport project, in a guise that they were enforcing sit-at-home order at the premises of the Airport.
He said: “We wish to inform members of the public that the purported footage is a video manipulation of an aborted attempt by miscreants to block the Airport gate and inflict fear on those working at the ongoing International Airport and possibly embarrass the Governor who was on a routine inspection visit to the Airport project, in a guise that they were enforcing sit-at-home order at the premises of the Airport.
“It would be recalled that miscreants had in the past tried to attack those working at the Airport site and their plots were neutralized.
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“Contrary to the fake report that the incident happened at the gate of the Government House in Abakaliki while the Governor was on supervision, the miscreants were dispelled at the gate of the new Airport under construction.
“It is to be noted that no Civil Servants or employees whatsoever have been recruited to work in the Airport and so no Civil Servant was flogged at the Airport gate, contrary to impression in the trending report. We are therefore surprised at the basis of the unintelligent fabrications of the mischief makers.
“There is no amount of blackmail that can distract the performing Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Nweze Umahi who had visited the Airport to carry out his routine inspection of projects as regular inspection of projects is one the reasons why we pride with quality assurance in our policy of monitoring and evaluation in Government businesses.”
The Commissioner further called on members of the public to discountenance the “manipulated trending video” as the handiwork of enemies of progress.
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