South East security outfit to be launched soon —South East Govs
Governors of the South East geo-political zone have reiterated their resolve to launch a security outfit in the nearest future to tackle the growing insecurity in the region.
The governors reached the resolution after a meeting at the Government House, Enugu, which held on Sunday.
Arising from the closed-door which lasted over five hours, the Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Umahi, addressed newsmen.
Engr. Umahi disclosed their plan to forward a bill to South East State Houses of Assembly to enact a law to back-up the South East Regional Security Programme.
He also said that the arrangement with the States Houses of Assembly will arrive at a name for the regional security outfit.
Some of the names already suggested by the stakeholders of the region include “Ogbunigwe”, the name of the ingenious missile manufactured by military engineers of the defunct Sovereign State of Biafra.
Another name recommended is “BSS” [Biafra Security Service], the paramilitary organisation formed by the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra [IPOB].
Umahi maintained that the South East Governors had earlier formed their joint regional security on July 28, 2019 and consequently inaugurated the committee on August 31.
He further hinted that the Forum had written the Federal Government concerning the security outfit which will be launched across the five Southeastern states in due course.
According to him, “at an appropriate time we shall be inviting the Federal Government to note the details of our Joint Security Programme”.
The governors assured the people of the South East zone that the State Vigilante and the Forest Guards in all the South East States will work with the security agencies daily in their various communities for protection of lives and property.
They reassured the people that the protection of lives and property is paramount and that the governors are committed to just doing that.