Ebonyi government bans use of schools, market places for political rallies
The governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, has banned the use of school premises, market places in the 13 local government areas of the state for political rallies.
Umahi on Monday said schools and markets were used for heavy open defecation during rallies by politicians, hence the ban.
Umahi also banned the use of motorcycles in all parts of the state between 7:00pm and 6:00am and blamed the serial killings of residents by unknown gunmen using motorbikes.
The governor disclosed his decision while addressing stakeholders and non-governmental organizations during the 2023 budget estimate and citizen’s inputs that took place at the ecumenical centre, Abakaliki capital of Ebonyi State.
The governor directed that all political parties write an application to the commissioner of education to be allowed to use school premises and marketplaces for campaigns.
He said that the ban on the use of motorcycles in the 13 LGAs, was because it is being used by unknown gunmen to kill innocent citizens, especially as the 2023 general election approaches.
The governor, however, insisted that the Ebubeagu security operatives will not be scraped as was alleged by opposition parties, stressing that the operatives have come to stay.
He said, “we ban the use of motorcycles in any part of the state from 7:00 pm to 6:00 am. It is for the betterment of your lives. All the unknown gunmen are using motorcycles.
“We have to do everything possible to secure your lives. My good friend was killed yesterday night by unknown gunmen who used motorcycles and spread bullets on him. Many people have lost their lives in this process. We need to sacrifice,” he stated.