THE South East states have resolved to form their security outfit called “EbubeAgu” for adequate provision of security across the region.
This was disclosed during a meeting of the South East Governors forum, at the Governor’s Lodge, Owerri, Imo State.
The meeting was due to incessant records of security challenges that ravaged lives and property across the region recently.
The security outfits will equally end the herders-farmers crisis and check kidnapping by suspected Fulani herdsmen and other unknown gunmen.
Reading their communiqué after the meeting, the Chairman, South East Governor’s Forum, David Umahi said they resolved to maintain a joint security vigilante for the South East otherwise known as EbubeAgu, with the Headquarters in Enugu to coordinate the vigilante in the South East.
Gov Umahi noted that a committee made up of security personnel, government officials and relevant stakeholders be set up to coordinate and monitor the implementation of the south east joint security platform.
The South East Governors requested the Acting IGP to stop the influx of IGP monitory units but to allow CPs and state and Zonal commands to handle their cases.
They urged the acting IGP and other security chiefs do invite the leadership of Ohaneze Ndigbo and CAN to find out the reason for increasing insecurity of the South East.
According to the communiqué, “We strongly and unequivocally condemn terrorism and banditry in any part of Nigeria, particularly in the South East.
“The meeting strongly condemns the burning of police stations, violent attacks on custodial centres with the unlawful release of inmates, and the killings including security personnel, natives/ farmers and headsmen.
“The five South East states are on the same page with the federal government on the issue of security challenges in the country.
“To this end, the meeting makes it absolutely clear that the South East will stand resolutely with the federal government to fight terrorists and bandits to a finish.
The political leadership in the South East has resolved to bring together all the arsenals at their command, as one united zone, to fight and flush out criminals and terrorist from the zone.
“The summit resolved that to achieve this, there is a need to galvanise all the relevant stakeholders in the South East, the political class, the business community, the bureaucrats and the intelligentsia to provide all necessary support to security operatives in the five south east states to ensure total success in the fight against criminality in the zone.
“The heads of all the security agencies in the South East have resolved to exchange intelligence in a seamless, effective new order that will help to checkmate crime in the zone.
“We resolve to fast track crime-busting in the South East, the heads of security agencies have been mandated to draw up a comprehensive list of their logistics and material needs for sustainable success in the fight against criminality, for the immediate provision by the leadership of the South East.
“We applaud the initiative of the South East Security Summit and to make it a statutory summit that will convene every quarter while its hosting shall rotate among the five south east states.
“Meeting agreed that military policing in the South East should be adequately funded and become effective.
“Meeting agreed that open grazing has been banned and security agencies should implement the ban.
“We encouraged a peaceful coexistence of farmers and headers to allow governors to succeed in the fight against criminality.
The meeting was well attended with all governors of the South East, which include, Gov Hope Uzodimma of Imo State, the host, Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State, Governor IfeanyiUgwuanyi of Enugu State, Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State and Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State.
Also present were service commanders in South East, Ohaneze Ndigbo, among others.
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