Controversies Trail Alleged Flogging Of Civil Servants By Gov Umahi ( Video )


Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State on Tuesday was accused of ordering soldiers to flog civil servants who arrived late for work.

From a video clip shared on Twitter by Chidi Odinkalu, @ChidiOdinkalu, the governor was on a project inspection in Abakaliki, the state capital when his convoy stopped at the Government House Gate. He then allegedly ordered soldiers to stop civil servants who had arrived late and flog them while he watched with relish.

The civil servants could be seen rolling on the ground as they were being flogged by the soldiers while others watched from a distance.

Reacting to the video, the human rights lawyer, Odinkalu wrote on his Twitter page, “So, today in Ebonyi, @GovDaveUmahi went for a project inspection & then instructs the soldiers to flog - yes flog! - civil servants who arrived late.

“Not done, Dave Umahi supervised the flogging. Tomorrow, he'll be rewarded with seat in @NGRSenate.”

Gov. David Umahi was alleged to have visited the Ebonyi airport site in Onueke by 7:30 am .

He ordered that the gate be closed against workers arriving the site after him. He ordered his military men to flog each of them 7, 12 and 18 strokes of cane. 

Some of those that spoke said it was wrong having a worker come to a construction site by 8 and 8:30 a.m from Abakaliki to Ezza South/North LGA where the site is located

Meanwhile the Ebonyi State Government has denied the narrative in this press statement issued by Commissioner of Information Orji


1  Our attention has been drawn to a doctored footage purporting to be Civil Servants rolling on the ground and being flogged by security personnel in the presence of the Governor of Ebonyi State while on  inspection at the Government House gate, Abakaliki as reported in Sahara Reporters publication and shared widely in different social media platforms and accepted line hook and sinker by the gullible.

2  We wish to inform members of the public that the purported footage is a video manipulation of an aborted attempt by miscreants to block the Airport gate and inflict fear on those working  at the on going International Airport and possibly embarrass the Governor who was on a routine inspection visit to the Airport project, in guise that they were enforcing sit-at home- order at the premises of the Airport on Tuesday, 4th September,2022. 

3. It would be recalled that miscreants had in the past tried to attack those working  at the Airport site and their plots were neutralized

3. Contrary to the fake report  that the incident happened  at the gate of the  Government House in Abakaliki while the Governor was on supervision, the miscreants were dispelled at the gate of the new Airport under construction. It is to be noted that no Civil Servants or employees whatsover  have been recruited to work in the Airport and so no Civil Servant was flogged at the Airport gate, contrary to impression in the trending report. We are therefore surprised at the basis of the unintelligent  fabrications of the mischief makers.

4. There is no amount of blackmail that can distract the performing  Governor of Ebonyi State,*His Excellency Engr Chief David Nweze Umahi FNSE FNATE* who had visited the Airport to carry out his routine inspection of projects as  regular inspection of projects is  one the reasons why we pride with quality assurance in our policy of monitoring and evaluation in Government businesses.

Members of the public are therefore enjoined to  discountenance the manipulated trending video as the handiwork of enemies of progress.

*Hon. Barr. Orji Uchenna Orji ( Commissioner for Information and State Orientation)*


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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