Updated: Umahi orders closure of Ebonyi courts, records first COVID-19 death


David Umahi of Ebonyi on Friday ordered the immediate shut down of all Courts in the state.
The Governor who gave the direction in a broadcast, stated the closure is to last for the next 10 days in order to enable health workers fumigate the buildings and premises.

He also directed all judicial staff in the state and their families to immediately proceed for COVID-19 testing.

Describing the situation a regrettable and saddening one, the Governor announced the state has recorded its first Covid-19 fatality.

According to him :“It is unfortunate that we have recorded one death due to this Covid-19 and it makes me so sad.

“I am directing that in line with the Covid-19 law all the courts in Ebonyi state be shutdown for the next 10 days. The Judiciary, State High Court, Industrial Court, Federal High Court, Magistrate court should all be shutdown”.

“Also, I advise all the Judiciary officcers and their families to undergo Covid-19 tests. I have ordered that all the Judiciary buildings and premises should be immediately fumigated within the 10 days”.

The Governor advised marketers and churches to take the Covid-19 safety protocols seriously for their safety.

He bemoaned the unserious attitude residents are showing towards the existence of the coronavirus disease, thereby warned that any church or market found guilty of flouting the COVID-19 safety protocols will be shutdown.

“We are not contemplating closing markets and churches but we advise them to please take this matter serious. If you are working ensure that you sanitise yourself every 10 minutes”.

“This is very serious. We have a spike because we have a high testing. People may have the Covid-19 but won’t show any symptoms but will go about spreading it”.

“Some people with the virus will argue that they are not showing any symptoms. Yes, your immune system is fighting it but the next person that may be weaker than you is at danger and our job is to protect everybody in Ebonyi”

Reported by: Fatimah Oyesanmi

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