By Obinna Ogbonnaya
Ebonyi State Governor, Chief David Umahi yesterday urged security agencies in the State to immediately arrest and prosecutes the masterminds of the alleged attack on the publisher of a local tabloid, Conscience newspapers, Charles Otu.
Governor Umahi while condemning the attack Governor Umahi reaffirmed his government position in ensuring security of lives and properties in the state.
Reacting to the development, the Technical Assistant to Ebonyi State Governor on Media, Mr. Lawrence Egede stated that it was wrong for any Journalists to be intimidated or beaten up in the course of his duty and therefore called on youths to desist from indulging in any acts of violence in the state.
The Technical Assistant who spoke on behalf of the Governor assured that government would do everything possible to track down the perpetrators of the dastardly act described as barbaric and against the peaceful disposition of the state government which has negotiated peace across the state.
“We condemn the attack on the Journalist. Even as it was uncertain as to whether thieves or those who may have issues with the journalist attacked him, the main matter is that nobody should take laws into his or her hands especially under such a peaceful democratic government we have in Ebonyi state.
Egede, who was Secretary Ohaneze Ndigbo in Ebonyi state explained that it would be very unacceptable for opposition elements to brew crisis with allegations against persons or institution without any evidence.
The Governor’s media assistant noted that the state needs nothing than developmental initiatives of government and should not be distracted by measure of political propaganda, “the expectations of everybody both government and the people should play according to the rules of fair play”.