The South-East Governors have agreed to establish a joint security outfit code named “Ebube Agu” (Brave Leopard or Tiger) to combat insecurity in the region.
They made the resolution in a communique during the first South-East security summit held in Owerri on Sunday.
Chairman of the South-East Governors’ Conference, the Ebonyi Governor, Dave Umahi presented the communique.
In the Communique, the conference said the joint security outfit would have its headquarters in Enugu to coordinate the vigilance groups in the zone.
They also resolved to set up a committee comprising security personnel, government officials and other relevant stakeholders to coordinate and monitor the implementation of the joint security platform.They also condemned terrorism and banditry in every part of Nigeria particularly in the South East where some security formations were destroyed.
The Governors expressed support to the federal government efforts in tackling security challenges in the country.
They also resolved to pool resources as one united zone to fight crime and terrorism in the South-East zone.
They stressed the need to galvanize all relevant stakeholders, bureaucrats and political class to provide support to security agencies in order to achieve their goals.
Open grazing was banned at the meeting as they urged the security agencies to enforce the ban in the states.
They however, called for peaceful coexistence between farmers and herders to enable them to succeed in the fight against criminality.
The meeting was attended by Governors Hope Uzodinma of Imo, Willie Obiano of Anambra, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu and heads of various security agencies in the zone.