South East governors on Sunday resolved to tackle the spate of insecurity and other act of terrorism in the zone with the establishment of a security vigilance outfit named Ebube Agu.
The governors rose from a meeting in Owerri, Imo State to announce the formation of the new outfit as well as other measures to be put in place to tackle terrorism, kidnapping, armed robbery among others.
In their communiqué at the end of the meeting, the governors promised to do everything possible to fight and flush out criminals in the zone.
The headquarters of Ebube Agu would be in Enugu, Enugu State. It will coordinate the zone’s vigilante activities.
South East has been a hotbed of criminal activities in recent times. Many security officials have been killed, while police stations and correctional facilities have come under attack, leading to many hardened criminals being set free.
There have also been attacks on communities by alleged Fulani herdsmen, which have also led to loss of lives.
The communiqué resolved as follows: “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.
“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
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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 named Ebubeagu with headquarters in Enugu to coordinate our vigilante in the South East.
“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.
“Meeting approves 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 .
“Meeting agreed that military policing in the South East should be adequately funded and become effective.
“Meeting agreed that open grazing has been banned and security agency should implement the ban.
“The meeting encouraged a peaceful coexistence of farmers and headers to allow Governors to succeed in the fight against criminality.”