With the escalating insecurity in the South East, the five governors of the zone together with other leaders on Sunday mandated the leadership Ohanaeze Nd’Igbo to set up committees to tackle the challenge.
A communique by the governors signed by the leader and governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi stated that: “The meeting directed Ohaneze Nd’Igbo president to immediately form two committees: South East Peace and Reconciliation Committee to engage our people for the peace and security of our people and her visitors; Strategy and Welfare Committee to engage and protect our people, especially those who are being unfairly treated. These Committees must become functional within the next 10 (ten) days from today.”
The meeting said it is in support of restructuring of Nigeria, the setting up of state police and other national issues as already discussed in the last NEC meeting.
They also re-stated their adoption of a common Joint Security outfit called Ebubeagu with her regional headquarters in Enugu; and that “Ebubeagu will work with the Police and other security agencies in her operations to protect the South East.
“We agreed on the structure and operational modalities of EBUBEAGU and to set up an Advisory Board for the security outfit.
The Attorney Generals and Commissioners for Justice of the South East States have been directed to work with the Joint Security Committee to come up with the amendment of the existing State Laws to reflect the new EBUBEAGU outfit.”
It announced that a committee has been set up to work out acceptable modalities and submit them to NEC in its next meeting;
The meeting condemned the attacks on the country home of the Governor of Imo State, His Excellency, Senator Hope Uzodimma and other State infrastructure. We sympathize with him and call on the Federal Government to fish out the perpetrators and ensure their prosecution,
The South East leaders restated their commitments to our State laws banning open grazing in the South East and urge the security agencies and the local vigilantes to enforce the ban in all States of South East.
South East Governors agreed on the implementation of various End SARS Youth Empowerment Programmes in the South East States as soon as possible.