- The newly launched Ebube Agu security outfit in the southeast seems to be a darling bride for some groups
- The Hausa/Fulani community in Abia state say they want to be part and parcel of the outfit
- The group also dismissed rumours that they harbour criminal elements in their fold
The Hausa/Fulani community at the Abia Regional Cattle Market, Lokpanta, has demanded inclusion in Ebube Agu security outfit.
Leaders of the community, cattle dealers and allied traders in the market who addressed journalists on Monday, April 19 also dismissed the rumours that they are harbouring armed herders and bandits.
Vanguard quoted one of the community's leaders, Buba Kedemure, as saying during the briefing:
“The allegation is a calculated attempt by some disgruntled elements within and outside the cattle market to incite the host community and the government against our community.”
The leaders lamented the adverse effects of the rumour which they said had caused fear among the northern community in the market thus leading to the mass exodus of northerners back to the north.
Kedemure further demanded the inclusion of Hausa/Fulani community in the Ebubeagu regional security outfit recently floated by southeast governors.
He said they would accept any security outfit established by government, while arguing that the entire Fulani should not be stigmatised because of some bad eggs among them.
Meanwhile, some readers of Legit.ng have been reacting via Facebook, to the demand of the Arewa community to work with Ebube Agu.
King Obi wrote:
“It is a welcome development. Work with them but be wiser and unique at the cause of your duty.”
Amos Sunday Tom wrote:
“Let Hisbah recruits Yoruba and Igbo first, others can allow Hausa and Fulani to join forces with the security outfit.”
Adewunmi Adedamola Ayinde wrote:
“The governors should not agree. They should just assure them of protection, as long as they abide by the law.”
Chidera Ezike wrote:
“Our brothers in Abia state should protest against this movement they are planning to do, people should hit the street against this plan it can't happen in Igbo land.”
Victor Elisha wrote:
“If the governors ever agree to this, then the supposed security even though not against the northerners, has been compromised.”
Eddy Igbokwe wrote:
“In as much as I'm against innocent northerners living, working, or doing their lawful businesses in the east being harassed or attacked for whatever reason, they should be kept away from the eastern security outfit.”
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the southeast governors' forum 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.
Recall that Abia state governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, said the new security outfit would oversee and monitor the activities of vigilante groups within the geopolitical zone.
According to him, the governors came together to synergise and see how best they can protect the lives and properties of citizens in the southeast.