Insecurity: South East Governor’s to Roll Out highway security team

Ruth Oginyi

Worried by the rising security challenges in the zone, the governors of South Eastern region have unveiled their plan to roll out joint security patrol along the highways of the region by December 2022.

This will help secure the lives and properties of people in the zone who shall be traveling during the yuletide.

This was contained in a communique reached at the end of the Security Meeting at the Lion House, Enugu, Sunday by the governors.

Governor of Ebonyi State, Engineer David Umahi who also serves as the chairman of the Eastern Governor’s Forum in the communique explained that the idea of Joint Security patrol came to reduce the level of insecurity in the region, especially during the yuletide.

The communique read in parts, “South East Governors decried the state of insecurity in the region, you are all aware that our economic activities have come to a halt while kidnapping and wanton killing have become the order of the day.

“South East Governors, therefore call on the Federal Government to come to the aid of the people of South East in beefing up security in the Zone bearing in mind that elections are also around the corner and there are heightened activities within this period.

“Meanwhile, we deliberated on the best way to help our people and also restore their confidence to go about their businesses and we all agreed definitely and totally to start a joint security patrol on all our major highways in South East and this will commence before December first, so we are going to put funds together to purchase vehicles to ensure that we have twenty-four hours joint patrol of security people in most of our highways in South East.”

“The Forum commended the Federal Government for efforts to alleviate the suffering of victims of flood disasters in the area but called for more interventions from the Government to enable the victims to resettle.

“We hope however that while the immediate solution is being given by the Federal Government, that long-term solution will be discussed because that is what is most desirable knowing well that this has become an annual thing and with climate change, nobody knows what the next year would be like.

“South East Governors have decided to put funds together to further assist victims of the flooding in five States of the South East, it will be a common project to show synergy and to show sympathy to all our brothers and sisters who have suffered so much as a result of this unfortunate situation.”

The Governors also called on the Federal Government to consider dredging rivers in the Zone to forestall future occurrences of flood and associated disasters in the area.

“We also plead with the Federal Government to please initiate actions in the dredging of rivers in the South East region to ameliorate the destruction of houses, farmlands, and properties, the Federal Government is also requested to come to the aid of victims and rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons.”

The Forum debunked the insinuations that South East Governors formed the outlawed Eastern Security Network, describing the insinuation as totally false.

“South East Governors have noted the purported statement that it was the South East Governors that formed ESN, everyone knows that what we formed is Ebubeagu and forest guard and these two outfits of our local security were extensively discussed not only among South East Governors but with our Leaders, so the purported insinuations that South East Governors formed ESN is quite unfortunate and we have washed our hands from that statement.”

He reiterated the resolve of the South East Governors to wait on the Federal Government to explore a political solution to the case of Nnamdi Kanu.

“South East Governors are watching with keen interest, the development with the case of Nnamdi Kanu, however, we believe that t political solution is still very possible and so we ask the Federal Government that we are disposed of as a people for a political solution in this regard.”

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