Umahi Orders Arrest of Ebonyi PDP Youth Leader, Proscribes Youth Organization


By Benjamin Nworie in Abakaliki

Ebonyi State governor, Engr David Umahi, on Sunday ordered the state Commissioner of Police, CP Peace Ibekwe Abdallah, to immediately arrest and prosecute the state PDP Youths Leader, Hon. Mark Onu, for causing public disorder and for attempting to disrupt Democracy Day celebration in the state.

Umahi also proscribed the Akubara Oha Consultative Youth Assembly, an organization named after the governor and chaired by the embattled youth leader as the result of the clash that created pandemonium at the Township stadium during the celebration.

Speaking at the state township stadium, the governor also urged the state Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party to urgently meet and remove the party’s youth leader from his position.

THISDAY gathered that the problem ensued when Onu’s group clashed with the members of the state chapter of National Youth Council of Nigeria, led by Elder Sam Igwe.

The fisticuffs between the two youths leaders which happened in front of the governor’s dias caused youths unrest, as Igwe was manhandled and beaten to a pulp by his rival group.

According to the governor, “I condemn in its entirety the actions of members of the
Akubaraoha consultative Assembly this afternoon. When they were trying
to make trouble, I sent somebody to warn them.

‘’And because our words must be matched with action, I hereby
proscribe the Assembly; it will no longer exist in Ebonyi state. Because I am the  leader of PDP in Ebonyi state, the PDP working committee  must meet and remove Mark Onu as the PDP youth leader.

‘’The commissioner of Police must arrest him and prosecute him for public disorder and trying to disrupt the democracy day celebration, I so move’’.