By CHARLES IWUOHA
Governors of South-East and leaders on Sunday evening met in Enugu and agreed on the structure and operational modalities of EBUBEAGU Joint Security outfit with headquarters in Enugu. They also resolved to set up an advisory board for the security outfit.
A communique issued at the end of the meeting in Enugu signed by the chairman of the forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, said the governors agreed that EBUBEAGU would work with the Police and other security agencies in her operations to protect lives and property in the zone.
The communique read in part: “We agreed on the structure and operational modalities of EBUBEAGU and to set up an Advisory Board for the security outfit;
“The Hon. 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 EBUBEAGU outfit;
“The meeting directed Ohanaeze 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 (ten) days from date.
“The meeting is in support of restructuring, the setting up of State Police and other national issues as discussed in the last NEC meeting. Committee has been set up to work out acceptable modalities and submit them to NEC in its next meeting;
“The meeting condemns the attacks on the country home of the Governor of Imo State, His Excellency, Senator Hope Uzodimma and other State infrastructure. We sympathize with him and call on the Federal Government to fish out the perpetrators and ensure their prosecution;
“South East leaders restate their commitments to our State laws banning open grazing in the South East and urge the security agencies and the local vigilantes to enforce the ban in all States of South East;
“South East Governors agreed on the implementation of various EndSARS Youth Empowerment Programmes in the South East States as soon as possible.”
The meeting was attended by clergymen, leadership of transitional rulers, leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and others. (News Express)