Southeast governors meet virtually yesterday, 30 November, doubt that trending police beheading video is from Southeast region.
The video show two policemen allegedly killed and beheaded by people who self-describe as IPOB/ESN members.
Ebonyi Governor, Chief Dave Umahi, released a press statement on what was discussed and agreed by the Forum.
In the statement, the governors promised to work with security agencies to verify the trending video.
If found to be true, they vowed to “apprehend the perpetrators by all possible means to face the law.
“We are aware of similar videos in the past and which when subjected to forensic review were found to have happened outside Nigeria.
“We assure Nigerians, especially the Police community, that we will not rest until we have done justice to this matter.”
The Governors also weighed in on hard drugs use among youths, “including Methamphetamine, locally known in South East as Mkpurumiri.
They resolved to seize shops and locations where hard drugs are sold and to deal with those promoting the trade.
The rest of the statement reads thusly:
“We thank all our youths for the relative peace we enjoy in South East now. We are committed to your welfare.
“We want those who were misled to carry arms against our people and security agencies to surrender their arms to the Governors and get rehabilitated back to the society.
“We warn all criminals who have styled themselves as IPOB/ESN to kill our people to immediately
“We are aware that the insecurity and killings in South East have gone beyond IPOB/ESN as
any criminal finds it easy to hide under such a name to commit crimes.
“We are determined to do everything to protect the lives and properties of our people.
“Our youths are advised to leverage on the various empowerment and agricultural programmes by our Governors to better their lives.
“On the issue of agitation by the youths, we are reviewing the work of Ohaneze Ndigbo committees
on this matter and will soon call a larger stakeholders’ meeting to address such.
All issues relating to the agitation and its fallout are better settled politically and on a negotiation table.
“We thank President Muhammadu Buhari for his
consideration of a political solution to this problem.
“He has demonstrated that he is a good father who listens to his children.
“We urge our people to resume their Monday businesses as we assure them of adequate security.
“We thank our security agencies for their commitment in securing the lives and properties of our
people in South East.
“We assure them of our continued support as they discharge their duties.