The five governors of the South East region, on Sunday, launched Ebubeagu regional security to fight terrorism in thezone.
The Chairman Southeast Governors Forum and governor of Ebonyi state, Dave Umahi, disclosed this to newsmen at the Imo government house, along side with other Southeast governors.
According to him, the regional security would be the joint Vigilante from Southeast with their headquarters in Enugu state. They are to oversee and monitor the activities of other vigilante groups in the region.
It would be recalled that newsmen had reported that, following the wave of attacks on public institutions especially the police stations in the South East zone, the five governors of the Southeast, have stormed Owerri on Sunday, to take strong decisions on the issue of insecurity in the zone.
The governors in attendance were, Governor of Abia State, Okezuo Ikpeazu, Anambra, Willie Obiano, Enugu, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Ebonyi, Dave Umahi and the host governor, Hope Uzodinma.
Also sitting alongside with the Southeast governors’ included the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Professor George Obiozor, as well as top security chiefs in the zone.
After their discussions on the current issue at hand in the South East, they made the following resolution:
1. That the five South East states are on the same page with the federal government on the issue of security challenges in the country. The meeting makes it absolutely clear that the south east will stand resolutely with the federal government to fight terrorist and bandits.
2. That there is a need to galvanize all the relevant stakeholders in the south east, the political class, the business community, the bureaucrats and the intelligent agents to provide all necessary support to security operatives in the five South East states to ensure total success in the fight against criminal acts.
3. That 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 crimes.
4. 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 joint security platform.
5. 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 still rotate among the south east states.
6. That the political leadership in the south east has resolved to bring together all the Arsenal’s at their command as one United zone, to fight and flush out criminals and terrorist from the zone.
7. To strongly condemn terrorism in any part of Nigeria especially in the south east. The meeting strongly condemns the burning of police stations, violent attacks on custodial centres with the unlawful release of inmates and killing of security personnel, farmers and herdsmen.
8. That the heads of all the security agencies in the South East have to exchange intelligence in a seamless, effective new order that will help reduce crime rate.
9.The meeting resolved to maintain a joint security vigilante for the South East otherwise known as Ebube Agu.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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 .
13. Meeting agreed that military policing in the South East should be adequately funded and become effective.
14. Meeting agreed that open grazing has been banned and security agency should implement the ban.
15. The meeting encouraged a peaceful coexistence of farmers and headers to allow Governors to succeed in the fight against criminality.