Umahi orders arrests over circulation of ‘fake’ video alleging attack on herdsmen

Dave Umahi Ebonyi State Governor
Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State

Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi on Monday ordered the arrest of circulators of a video on social media that Fulani herdsmen were being attacked and chased out of the state.

The governor said at a news conference in Abakaliki that the video was faked.

He ordered security agencies to investigate the source of the video and arrest the circulators.

The governor said the video had caused panic and tension.

“Security personnel must ensure that those behind the circulation of the video, which has caused panic across the country, are brought to book.

“We must increase our security surveillance at the grassroots level. I urge the security agencies to step up and arrest persons circulating the video on social media,’’ Umahi said.

Secretary, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Ebonyi Chapter Inusa Sani condemned the video, adding that “it is fake news.’’

“The video is an orchestrated attempt by mischief makers and enemies of peace.

“What happened was that on January 2, one of us, Alhaji Adamu, residing at Ozibo Village in Nkaleke Ichaba/Enyibishiri community, informed the association of his relocation to Taraba State.

“I use this opportunity to urge the general public to disregard the video in circulation and no Fulani herdsman was attacked or chased out of Ebonyi State,’’ Mr Sani said.

Also speaking at the news conference, the commissioner of police in the state Philip Maku assured the public of the Command’s readiness to protect lives and property.