Sunday, April 11, 2021

Ebube Agu debuts in South-East, governors back outfit - ITREALMS

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Finally, the governors of the South-Eastern Nigeria have established a security outfit called "EBUBE AGU" as part of strategies to arrest the rising security turbulence in the region, with accompanied criminal activities, reports 
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A communiqué by governors of the Southeast made available to ITREALMS, Ebube Agu, would directly supervise and monitor the activities of vigilante groups in the region to ensure conformity with extant guidelines and laws.


Chairman of the Southeast Governors forum, Chief Dave Umahi disclosed this while reading the communique after the meeting in Imo State on Sunday.

He pointed out that the headquarters of EBUBE AGU security outfit will be in Enugu State, the former headquarters of East-Central State.

The communique signed by five governors of the South-Eastern region read in path as follows:

“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 herdsmen.

2. 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.

3. 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 terrorists from the zone.

4. 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.

“5. 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.

“6. 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.

“7. 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.

“8. 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.

“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 code named Ebube Agu with 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 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.

“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 herders to allow Governors to succeed in the fight against criminality.”


•Chuks Egbune/Editor with additional reports from Channels TV.

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