By Williams Anuku, Abuja
Apparently tired of incessant crimes in their domain, the South East governors have announced the establishment of Ebube Agu, a new joint security outfit for the states in the region.
They took the decision at a meeting in Owerri on Sunday saying that the headquarters of the vigilante group will be in Enugu.
Their decision is coming after the take off of Amotekun in the South West, which is still undergoing review by various stakeholders.
A communique released at the end of the meeting also admonished the acting Inspector General of Police to refrain from sending monitoring teams to the South East but should allow the Commissioners of Police to oversee security in the states.
It said: “The meeting resolved to maintain a joint security vigilante for the South East otherwise known as Ebube Agu.
“The meeting appreciated the formation of South East joint security outfit co. Named Ebubeagu. Headquarters in Enugu to coordinate our vigilante in the South East.
“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.
“Meeting approve that 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.”
Dave Umeahi, Governor of Ebonyi State who read out the comprehensive communique said, “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. 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.
The meeting resolved to maintain a joint security vigilante for the South-East otherwise known as Ebube Agu. The meeting appreciated the formation of South-East joint security outfit codeamed ‘Ebube Agu’ — headquarters in Enugu to coordinate our vigilante in the south-east.
The South East Governors Forum therefore ask e to stop the influx of IGP monitory units and allow police commissioners and state and zonal commands to handle their cases.
Meeting approved that 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.