- Weeks after the launch of Amotekun, southeast governors have finally agreed to launch their own regional security outfit
- Ebonyi state governor, Dave Umahi, said a request has been sent to the federal government
- Umahi states that the establishment of a joint southeast security outfit is to tackle security challenges in the region
Nigerian southeast governors have agreed to launch their own regional security outfit in order to tackle security challenges and other issues in the region.
According to Channels TV, the governors came to the agreement on Sunday, February 9, at the end of their meeting which was held in Enugu state. The southeast leaders publicly stated their commitment towards concluding the establishment of the Joint Southeast Security Outfit.
Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state who also serves as the chairman of the southeast governors’ forum, speaking to reporters after the meeting, said they have written the federal government with regards to their request.
Umahi went on to note that they were equally satisfied with the arrangement that would lead to the enactment of the law to back up the program in all Houses of Assembly across the region.
However, the Ebonyi state governor said no name has been chosen for the regional security outfit yet as that would come later.
Present at the meeting were governors from Enugu, Abia state, and Anambra state deputy governor. Others who attended included members of sociocultural groups, religious leaders Senate minority leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe among others.
Legit.ng previously reported that the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council called on the southeast governors to emulate their southwest colleagues by creating a joint security outfit for the region. The group's president, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, and the secretary-general, Okwu Nnabuike, made the request in a statement.
The group, which expressed readiness to assist the governors on the project, said the joint security outfit will address the security challenges facing the southeast region, especially the herdsmen crisis.
Similarly, Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong, revealed that a similar security outfit to “Operation Amotekun” for the north will soon be unveiled. Lalong said this while speaking to Aso Villa correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, January 10.
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