IPOB seeking cheap publicity – Ebonyi Govt
*Denies vilifying traders
By Dennis Agbo
ENUGU- EBONYI state government has expressed disgust at the level of hypocrisy and naked mischief of the Indegeneous People of Biafra, IPOB, against the state.
The state government described IPOB’s attack on the state as embarrassing and self-serving, maintaining that it has never vilified anybody or trader on issues of the agitators.
The state government said it views the statement credited to the spokesman of IPOB as a great embarrassment and one that is self serving.
Umahi’s Chief Press Secretary, Emmanuel Uzor, in statement, yesterday, said the State government has never vilified any trader let alone attacking them over purported visit of Nnamdi Kanu to the state.
Uzor said: “As a matter of fact, Governor David Umahi who was not and is still not in the country at the time of the visit of the IPOB leader could not have attacked any trader over the so called visit.
“Therefore, it has come to our notice that some self serving politicians operating under various platforms have hijacked the agitation of IPoB in the state and have resorted to blackmail and unnecessary attacks on the state government.
“While the state government is not against any group geneuingly agitaitating for whatever right they beleieve in, there is need for any agitation to conform with the principle of rule of law to the extent of guranteeing maitanance of law and order.
“It is therefor unfortunate that those responsible for the dissemination of information in IPOB could not do the needful of carefully investigating any information fed them by some interested groups including opposition political party in the state before rushing to the press.
“Let it be known that there was no attack on any part of the state on any trader as the state government is currently opening up the markets for optimum commercial activities by providing them with necessary amenities to ease business activities.
“Ebonyi State government therefore calls on peddlers of this rumours to look beyond political interests and focus on whatever interest that fuels their agitations as the governor is niether disturbed by the presence of the Biafran groups nor ruffled by their activities but is rather concerned about the welfare and security of Ebonyians.”