Just In: South-East Governors Establish Joint Security Outfit, ‘Ebube Agu’

 

Governors of the south-East region have announced the setup of a joint security outfit, codenamed ‘Ebube Agu’.

 

The governors announced this in a communique issued after a meeting held in Owerri, the Imo state capital, on Sunday.

 

Dave Umahi, governor of Ebonyi state, who addressed journalists on behalf of the governors after the meeting, said the establishment of the outfit is part of efforts to tackle insecurity in the region.

 

The governors condemned the recent attacks on residents and security facilities in the region, and urged the inspector-general of police to meet with stakeholders to address the situation.

 

“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,” Umahi said.

 

“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.”

 

Umahi added that the governors also asked the acting IGP 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,” he added.

 

The governors also insisted that open grazing remains banned in the region, and called for peaceful coexistence between farmers and herders in the south-east.

 

Below is the full communique signed by governors of the Southeast region.

 

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED BY SOUTH EAST GOVERNORS AND HEADS OF SECURITY AGENCIES AT THE END OF THE FIRST SOUTH EAST SECURITY SUMMIT HELD IN OWERRI ON SUNDAY APRIL 11th 2021

 

After exhaustive discussions on the current security challenges in the South East and with valuable contributions from participants at the first South East security summit in Owerri on this day Sunday April 11th 2021, it was resolved as follows:

 

  1. To strongly and unequivocally condemn terrorism and banditry in any part of Nigeria, particularly 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 the killings including security personnel, natives/ farmers and headsmen.

 

  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. To this end, the meeting makes it absolutely clear that the South east will stand resolutely with the federal government to fight terrorists and bandits to a finish

 

  1. That 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.

 

  1. That 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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 criminality, for the immediate provision by the leadership of the South East.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. To applaud the initiative of the South east security summit and to make it a statutory summit that will convene every quarter while its hosting shall rotate among the five south east states.

 

  1. The meeting resolved to maintain a joint security vigilante for the South East otherwise known as Ebube Agu.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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 .

 

  1. Meeting agreed that military policing in the South East should be adequately funded and become effective.

 

  1. Meeting agreed that open grazing has been banned and security agency should implement the ban.

 

  1. The meeting encouraged a peaceful coexistence of farmers and headers to allow Governors to succeed in the fight against criminality.
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