Bandits, not IPOB responsible for attacks on South East–Umahi

By our reporter| The chairman of South East governors forum and Ebonyi state governor, Dave Umahi, on Wednesday said bandits are responsible for attacks in the South-East and not the Eastern Security Network operated IPOB.

Umahi, who made the disclosure while featuring on Channels Television Sunrise Programme, however, explained that the South-East governors will not back illegality in any form or shape.

He also blamed some politicians for the insecurity in the country.

According to him, the regional security outfit, Ebubeagu, recently launched by the South-East governors was not formed in a hurry, and remain the only recognised security outfit in the region.

“Of late, we have bandits that are doing a lot of evil and say that they are Eastern Security Network. They commit a lot of crimes and say that they are IPOB and later IPOB will say they have no hand in it. This is what is going on. We will not allow illegality to thrive in our land. Conflict will not resolve conflict,” Umahi said.

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“Ebubeagu is to protect the lives of everyone in the South-East.”

“A lot of people want to get to the top by all means and they hire bandits who go to burn police stations, kill people and they come out to say that they are IPOB, they are not IPOB, they are just criminals being hired by people.

“The truth remains that the country is going into extreme politics, it is easier to make money in politics, blackmail people and so, we have departed from the culture of hard work,” he said.

It will be recalled that following recent attacks on police formations and prisons in the South East region, the former Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu blamed the invasion on IPOB and ESN, the security arm of the outlawed separatist movement.

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