- A decision to set up a southeast security outfit been taken and becomes law immediately
- Codenamed 'Ebube Agu,' the outfit will have its headquarters in Enugu state
- The decision was taken by southeast governors after their meeting in Owerri, the Imo state capital
The southeast governors' forum has launched its own joint security outfit for the region codenamed 'Ebube Agu.'
The decision was after governors and stakeholders of the region held a security meeting in Imo state on Sunday, April 11.
All governors in the region were present at the meeting which also had in attendance Army, Navy, and Air Force commanders, the Inspector-General of Police, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, and other key stakeholders.
An aide to Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo state, Amaka Okafor, sent the communique of the meeting to Legit.ng.
The first two recommendations read as follows:
1. To strongly and unequivocally condemn terrorism and banditry in any part of Nigeria, particularly in the southeast. 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 herdsmen
2. That the five southeast 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 southeast will stand resolutely with the federal government to fight terrorists and bandits to a finish
Recall that a recent report indicates that security operatives have become endangered species in the southeast geo-political zone of Nigeria.
According to the report, 40 attacks have been launched in 2021 alone in the emerging trend of the onslaught on security personnel and wanton destruction of security facilities and operational assets.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that policemen in the southeast have abandoned their checkpoints and now go to work in mufti for fear of being attacked.
The policemen only dress in their official uniforms when they get to their offices for fear of been victims of random attacks.