Governors from the South East gathered yesterday at Owerri to deliberate on insecurity affecting the zone.
The Chairman of the South-East Governors Forum and governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, revealed the formation of a joint security vigilante to be known as Ebubeagu at Imo Government House after a security meeting.
The Regional Security is tasked with fighting terrorism in the zone with its headquarters in Enugu.
The group’s formation follows an earlier attack on Igbo leaders by Chief Jerry Obasi, who attributed the delay in establishing a regional security outfit by the governors to the preference of their political interests above the security of the zone’s people.
During the meeting, the governors banned open grazing and asked the Inspector General of Police to end the instreaming of IGP monitoring units to the zone.
Thus, the governors stated: “The five south-east states are on the same page with the federal government on the issues of security challenges in the country. To this end, the meeting clarifies that the South East will stand firmly with the federal government to fight terrorists and bandits to a finish.
“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 terrorists 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.
“That 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
“That to curb crime 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.
“That a committee made up of security personnel, government officials and relevant stakeholders be set up to coordinate and monitor the implementation of the South East collective security platform.
“To applaud the initiative of the South East security summit and to make it a statutory summit that will convene every quarter while it’s hosting shall rotate among the five South East states.”
“The meeting resolved to maintain a joint security vigilante for the South East, otherwise known as Ebube Agu.
“The governors requested the acting IGP to stop the influx of the IGP monitoring units but allow CPs, states and zonal commands to handle their cases.