South-east governors agree on structure and operational modalities of ‘Ebube Agu’

-Direct Ohanaeze to set up committee over ‘unfair treatment’ of Igbo

Chidi Samuel| Governors of the south-east region on Sunday gave Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, 10 days to set up a committee to address “unfair treatment” of Igbo people.

Sunday’s mandate to the apes Igbo-socio-political organisation was contained in a communique issued at the end of a meeting of the governors in Enugu state to address issues relating to security challenges in the region.

Ebonyi state governor and chairman of the region’s governors forum, David Umahi who addressed journalists, also noted that the newly established security outfit of the region — Ebube Agu — will work closely with security agencies to restore peace in the region.

The communique read, “South-east governors and leaders re-stated the adoption of a common joint security outfit called ‘Ebube Agu’, with her regional headquarters in Enugu. ‘Ebube Agu’ will work with the police and other security agencies in her operations to protect lives and property in south-east.”

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“We agreed on the structure and operational modalities of ‘Ebube Agu’ and to set up an advisory board for the security outfit. The honourable 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 ‘Ebube Agu’ outfit.

“The meeting directed Ohaneze Ndigbo 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 days from this date.”

The governors who reiterated their support for restructuring and state police, noted that “a committee has been set up to work out acceptable modalities and submit them to NEC in its next meeting”.

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They also while condemning the attack on the country home of Hope Uzodimma, governor of Imo, urged the federal government to “fish out the perpetrators and ensure their prosecution”.

The governors also insisted on the ban on open grazing in the region, and agreed “on the implementation of various EndSARS youth empowerment programmes as soon as possible”.

Present at Sunday’s meeting were security operatives, traditional rulers, and religious leaders.

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