Crime & Justice

Governors announce structure for Ebubeagu Outfit

South East Governors announce a structure and other operational modalities for Ebubeagu, the Joint Security Outfit it recently set up.

In addition to setting up an Advisory Board for the outfit, each state will now empower the body with a law.

Forum Chair and Ebonyi Governor, Dave Umahi, told newsmen that attorneys-general of the five states will flesh out a law.

The AGs will work with Joint Security Committee to tweak existing State Laws that will serve the new outfit, he said.

Nevertheless, Umahi reiterated that the joint security outfit will work closely with police and other security agencies in their operations.

The communique has once again left newsmen guessing about how the body will actually be be operationalized

The Governors mandated the Ohanaeze Ndigbo to carry out offensives that will lower the political temperature and protect citizens who are oppressed.

Ohanaeze was ordered to, within 10 days, constitute two committees that will focus on peace and peoples’ welfare in the region.

The first, a Peace and Reconciliation Committee, according to Umahi, will engage South East citizens to pursue “peace and security of our people.”

A separate Welfare Committee is mandated to “to engage and protect our people, especially those who are being unfairly treated.” The communique did not elaborate on persons who are being unfairly treated.

Umahi said the Governors revisited the issue of #EndSARS and expressed support for restructuring, state police, and other issues “as discussed in the last NEC meeting.”

They promised to implement “various ENDSARS Youth Empowerment Programmes in the South East States as soon as possible”

They also said there is a commitment to enact state laws to ban open grazing for cows in the zone and once again urged security agencies to enforce the subsisting ban.

The meeting was attended by religious, political and traditional leaders in the zone, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and the Joint Security Committee.

Three of the five Governors – from Abia, Ebonyi and Enugu – were at the meeting while the Imo Governor sent his deputy, Prof. Placid Njoku.

Anambra Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, not only stayed away but did not also send a representative either.

Other top government and political leaders at the meeting were Mines and Power Minister Uchechukwu Ogah, President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Prof. George Obiozor, Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe, and old political warhorse, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu.

Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), South East, Bishop Goddy Okafor and Archbishop Emmanuel Chukwuma also attended the meeting.