Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State on Tuesday ordered soldiers to flog civil servants who arrived late for work.
From a viral video clip shared on Twitter by @ChidiOdinkalu, the governor was on a project inspection in Abakaliki, the state capital when his convoy stopped at the Government House Gate.
He then 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.”
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 pic.twitter.com/6XmbYdmmJc
— Chidi Odinkalu, CGoF (@ChidiOdinkalu) October 4, 2022
Recall that also in September, scores of workers were locked out of the Governor’s Office by Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River for arriving late to work.
It happened at least twice in that week.
There may be salary deductions or some sort of sanction,” a source in the state civil service had said.
On the previous occasion on a Wednesday, hundreds of workers were also locked out for arriving late to work.
SaharaReporters learnt the governor had been away for over two months, claiming to be in search of foreign investors.