The governor stated this while giving the periodic briefing and statewide broadcast on COVID-19 in the state at the Government House, Abakaliki, on Thursday.
Onyike, who allegedly came into the state from an unknown destination, visited his village in the Afikpo South Local Government Area, where he was reportedly barred from entering by the Caretaker Chairman, Okechukwu Chima.
He was said to have proceeded to an undisclosed residence in Abakaliki, the Capital city, where he took abode.
Umahi during the briefing, ordered the Department of State Services to immediately ensure that Onyike was made to go on compulsory isolation for 14 days.
The governor also insisted that he should be made to undergo COVID-19 test, adding that the law should not spare the “big men” of the society.
He however, added that Onyike was free to choose the place he would want to be tested if he so desired.
Umahi explained, ” We continue to appeal to our people to ensure that if you come from outside, that you will submit yourself to NCDC protocols.
“I am told by one of the Chairmen that Abia Onyike came from outside into the state, and the chairman is insisting that he should not be allowed into the village.
“But he is in another place which is in the capital city, which is also dangerous.
“So, we are directing the Director, SSS, to take him at his property, and ensure he is tested for COVID-19. If he doesn’t have confidence in our testing here in Ebonyi, he should do it in Enugu. But he must compulsorily isolate for 14 days.”
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