The state government means business this period most especially as regards measures already put in place to avoid spread of the deadly coronavirus disease.
Ebonyi state governor on Friday ordered the immediate arrest of policemen who supervised burial ceremonies at Ezza south and Ikwo local government areas as well as the organizers of the burials.
He directed the State Commissioner of Police, CP Awosola Awotinde to ensure the arrest of all the policemen that supervised the burial ceremony.
He said they violated state government’s order on the ban of burial ceremonies which he said was part of strategies to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the state.
Umahi stated this while briefing newsmen on government’s efforts towards tackling the dreaded corona virus in the State.
He also directed the Management of Alex Ekuweme Federal University Teaching Hospital, Ebonyi State, to stop releasing corpses for burials in the state.
He stated: “Commissioner of Police make sure that the policemen that supervised the burial are arrested and detained. Chairmen of Ezza South and Ikwo, I don’t understand how burial ceremonies will take place in your LGA and you people are not aware. This thing should stop. We should safeguard the lives of our citizens.
The Governor called on the Permanent Secretary of State Affairs, Mr. Austin Udude and Commissioner of Health, Dr. Daniel Umezuruike to identity 2 hotels within the capital which will be taken over by the State government for occupation by medical workers in the fight against the scourge.
On the lock down of the State which will commence today, the Governor charged the Chairmen of all the LGAs and security operatives to ensure strict compliance to the directive of the State Government.
According to the Governor, the lock down is not a joke as only vehicles on essential duty will be allowed into the State.