The All Progressives Congress in Ebonyi State has backed the declaration of a former lawmaker wanted by the state government for alleged cybercrime.
Linus Abba- Okorie a Chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party, who represented the people of Ohanivo in Federal House of Representatives between 2011 and 2019, was recently declared wanted for alledge inciteful statement on social media which is said to have caused youth rampage and deaths.
The APC Chairman in Ebonyi State, Chief Stanley Okoro Emegha confirmed their support for the governor while reacting to a news headline captioned “PDP Faults Ebonyi Govt On Declaration Of Ex-Reps Member Wanted”.
Chief Okoro- Emegha explained that the governor only directed the police and other security agencies to declare him wanted for the malicious social media publication he made that led to loss of lives among other valuables in Ikwo local government Area recently.
“Remember that state Governors are the Chief Security Officers of their various states. On this premise, it is incumbent on them to devise lawful means in a very proactive and reasonable manner to ensure that the oath of securing the lives and property of their citizens he took is not in any way jeopardised.
“When the former member who represented Ohanivo Federal constituency between 2011 and 2019 at the National Assembly, Mr Linus Okorie made an inciting Facebook publication which constituted a security breach that led to loss of live among other valuables despite his supposedly enlightened position in the society. Do you expect the Governor to fold his arms and watch crisis engulf the state? Your guess is as good as mine in this scenario.
“The dying PDP should go and learn how to be in opposition, rather pose itself as a threat to our democracy which has endured. They should also understand that no one, no matter how highly placed, has immunity against violence. When it erupts, it consumes everything along its paths. They shouldn’t throw caution to the wind”.
The state APC chairman, who is also the Special Security Consultant to Ebonyi State government, said that fake news and hate speeches are worse than the unknown gunmen as they infuriate and spark people to go into war against themselves for no justifiable reason.
He noted that the Ebonyi State Cybercrime law 2021 will not be a toothless bulldog while unscrupulous elements on rampage causing innocent and law abiding citizens unnecessary inconveniences under the present administration led by Governor David Umahi.
“I therefore, charge the ranting PDP to stay put and watch the law take its full course on the matter. No one should be afraid of the law because its implementation is aimed at bringing sanity to the entire society by assuaging defamatory publications”.