Umahi Refutes Viral Video of Soldier Flogging Civil Servants

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From Nwogha Ndubuisi, Abakaliki

Ebonyi state governor, David Umahi Tuesday refuted the viral video making the round where soldiers were sighted flogging an alleged civil servant on a duty post.

The state governor disconnected himself from the viral video and stated that it’s a doctored footage made from the miscreants who blocked entry to the ongoing airport site.

In a statement issued by the state Commissioner For Information and State Orientation, Barr Orji Uchenna said the footage is a video manipulation of aborted attempt by miscreants to block the state governor access to the state ongoing airport site in disguise of enforcing Sit-at-home as to put fear on site’s workers.

According to the statement,”Our attention has been drawn to a doctored footage purporting to be Civil Servants rolling on the ground and being flogged by security personnel in the presence of the Governor of Ebonyi State while on  inspection at the Government House gate, Abakaliki as reported in Sahara Reporters publication and shared widely in different social media platforms and accepted line hook and sinker by the gullible.

“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 on going International Airport and possibly embarrass the Governor who was on a routine inspection visit to the Airport project, in guise that they were enforcing sit-at home- order at the premises of the Airport on Tuesday, 4th September,2022. 

Orji noted that similar attempt had been made in the time past at thesame site but was neutralized.

“It would be recalled that miscreants had in the past tried to attack those working  at the Airport site and their plots were neutralized

” 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 whatsover  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,His Excellency Engr Chief David Nweze Umahi FNSE FNATE 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.

“Members of the public are therefore enjoined to  discountenance the manipulated trending video as the handiwork of enemies of progress.” Orji emphasized.