IPOB Threat­ens Umahi, Asks Buhari to Shelve S’East Visit

Po­lice beef up se­cu­rity, warn group Ebonyi bans ral­lies, party lo­gos

THISDAY - - FRONT PAGE - Omololu Ogun­made in Abaka­liki and Christo­pher Isiguzo in Enugu

The lead­er­ship of the pro­scribed Indige­nous Peo­ple of Bi­afra ( IPOB) has threat­ened to deal with the Ebonyi State gov­er­nor Dave Umahi and his fam­ily, and ad­vised Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari to shelve his planned visit to Abaka­liki, the Ebonyi State cap­i­tal to­day, threat­en­ing to un­leash may­hem should the pres­i­dent and his team ig­nore the warn­ing.

The group, in a state­ment yes­ter­day by its me­dia and pub­lic­ity sec­re­tary Emma Pow­er­ful, said the visit if not shelved would lead to blood­shed, as mem­bers of the group would go on the ram­page.

De­spite the threats, the Ebonyi Po­lice Com­mand yes­ter­day warned the group and sup­port­ers of po­lit­i­cal par­ties in the state against dis­rupt­ing the pres­i­dent’s visit to the state.

of Agri­cul­ture, the Min­is­ter of Fi­nance and the Min­is­ter of Solid Min­er­als.

“They have tremen­dously helped us to re­vamp our agri­cul­tural pro­gramme and solid min­er­als in Ebonyi State. So I be­lieve Mr. Pres­i­dent will be com­ing to see how far we have fared with the as­sis­tance he gave to us.

“Of course, he gave to other states but the Bi­ble says that in the last day, men shall be un­thank­ful.

“We are not like those that are un­thank­ful. We have to say, ‘well Mr. Pres­i­dent has helped us and so he is com­ing to see how much we have been able to man­age the state we yearn for,’ and he will be able to see the level of marginal­i­sa­tion we suf­fered be­fore the cre­ation of Ebonyi State.

“He will com­pare side by side what we have been able to achieve and our ag­i­ta­tion for this state’s cre­ation, whether we have jus­ti­fied it or not.

“A lot of peo­ple that were here be­fore the state’s cre­ation and even those that came a few years af­ter have given en­dorse­ment for the cre­ation of Ebonyi,” he added.

Buhari will to­day com­mis­sion two gi­ant fly-over bridges in Abaka­liki, one of which is a 700-me­tre twin bridge over the Western Trans-Sa­hara Road link­ing Enugu and Ebonyi with Cameroon.

He will also com­mis­sion an­other fly­over named af­ter a Sec­ond Repub­lic sen­a­tor, Of­fia Nwali, de­scribed as the first Nige­rian to ob­tain a PhD in Com­puter and An­a­lyt­i­cal Stud­ies.

The pres­i­dent will also com­mis­sion a 14.5km fed­eral road link­ing Abaka­liki with Afikpo built by the state gov­ern­ment.

He will also un­veil the statue of the first civil­ian gov­er­nor of Eastern Re­gion, Fran­cis Akanu Ibiam.

The pres­i­dent will leave Abaka­liki to­mor­row morn­ing for Awka, Anam­bra State, where he will lead the grand fi­nale of the APC rally ahead of Sat­ur­day’s gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion in the state.

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