The Governors of the South East zone yesterday held that their security outfit ‘Ebubeagu’ will synergize with the police and other security agencies to curb insecurity in the region.
In a communique released to Jounalists on Sunday in Enugu, the Chairman of South East Governors Forum Chief David Umahi said “ South East governors and leaders will will work together with the Nigerian Police and other security agencies.
“We agreed on the structure and operational modalities of Ebubeagu and to set up an advisory board for the security outfit.
“The attorney generals and Commissioners for justice of the south East states have been directed to work with the joint security committee to come up with the amendment of the existing state laws to reflect the new Ebubeagu outfit, he said.
He noted that the meeting also directed ohanaeze Ndigbo President to immediately form two committee which are south East peace and reconciliation committee “ to engage our people for the peace and security of our prople and her visitors as well as strategy and welfare committee to engage and protect our people especially those who are being fairly tested. These committees must become functional within 10 days from date”.
He said “The meeting is in support of restructuring the setting up of State police and other national issues as discussed in the last NEC meeting. A committee has been set up to work out acceptable modalities abs submit to nec in its next meeting.
During the meeting, the Governors condemned the attacks on Governor Hope Uzodinma, of IMO State, and other infrastructure, they however, urged the federal government to seek out the offenders and prosecute them.
The leaders of the South East reaffirmed their commitment to a state of law prohibiting open grazing in the region, and urged security and local vigilantes to enforce the law in the region’s states.
According to the communiqués, the governors of the South East agreed to introduce various ENDSARS youth empowerment programs in the South East states with immediate effect.
Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia, and Deputy Governor of Imo, Mr Placid Njoku, were in attendance at the conference.
Others include the Obi of Onitsha, Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province, Anglican Communion, and Most Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma, Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, South-East.