A day after the attack on the country home of the Governor of Imo State in Omuma, Orlu East Local Government of Imo State, there was a meeting in Enugu by the South East Governors and other dignitaries.
The meeting was about how to fast track the setting up of a joint regional security outfit to tackle the worsening insecurity in the region was top on the agenda of the Sunday’s security meeting by the South East Governors in Enugu State.
Beyond the general insecurity in the South East, the meeting appeared to have been prompted by the daring attack on the country home of the Imo state Governor, Hope Uzodinma and the bloody attacks on Police facilities in Abia, Imo, Enugu and Anambra states recently.
The meeting was attended by the host, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia, the Deputy Governor of Imo, Placid Njoku; Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Uchechukwu Ogah; the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, George Obiozor; Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe; Chair of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), South East, Goddy Okafor; and a renowned businessman, Emmanuel Iwuanyawu.
From the communique read by Mr Umahi, who is the chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum, the meeting agreed on the structure and operational modalities of the joint security outfit called Ebubeagu.
The Attorney Generals in the five states of the South East have been directed to work on the existing laws in their respective states to give legal backing to Ebubeagu.
The meeting also agreed to set up an advisory board for the security outfit which they said would work with the Police and other security agencies to maintain security and stability in the South East states.