The governors of South-east during a security meeting has made a resolution to fast track the setting up of a joint regional security outfit to tackle the worsening insecurity in the region.
The resolution was passed on Sunday during a security meeting held in Enugu State.
TOS News gathered that the meeting was convened as a result of attack on the country home of the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, and the attacks on police facilities in Anambra and Enugu states recently.
The meeting was attended by the host, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State; Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi; Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu and the Deputy; the Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Uchechukwu Ogah; the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, George Obiozor; Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe; Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), South-east, Goddy Okafor, and a renowned businessman, Emmanuel Iwuanyawu, and a host of others.
From the communiqué read by Umahi, who is the chair of the South-east Governors’ Forum, the meeting agreed on the structure and operational modalities of the joint security outfit called Ebubeagu. Also, the Attorney Generals in the five states of the region have been directed to move with the existing laws in their respective states to give legal backing to the outfit.
During the meeting, they did not only agreed to set up an advisory board for the security outfit which they said would work with the police and other security agencies to maintain security and stability in the South-east states; they also backed the banning of open grazing in the different states in the region, and urged security agencies and local vigilantes to enforce the ban.
The South-east leaders have also directed the president of the Ohaneze Ndigbo to immediately form a peace and reconciliation committee to engage the people of the region for the peace and security of the people and visitors, as well as a Strategy and Welfare Committee “to engage and protect our people, especially those who are being unfairly treated”.
According to the leaders, the two committees must hit ground running within the next 10 days.