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Governors of the five southeastern states are set to meet in Owerri soon to evaluate the modalities for setting up a security outfit for the region, this is according to Imo governor Hope Uzodinma.
Uzodinma asserted that the Eastern governors had been working to set up the Eastern Security Network, but the name and concept were hijacked by members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), who have allegedly used the outfit to commit a lot of mayhem.
The governor made this disclosure when he spoke with journalists at a meeting in Owerri.
He said, ‘In the next couple of weeks, governors of the Southeast will hold a security summit in Owerri with a view to fashioning out modalities for setting up a security outfit for our region. We will hold an elaborate discussion with a view to finding a lasting solution and to complement the work of security agents in the country.
‘It’s necessary for every zone to be vigilant and have a security outfit, especially with the present situation we have in this country. We cannot lose fate with the management of security in our region and at the same time, we must be careful in the way we go about it.
‘southeast governors tried to set up the Eastern Security Network by working with Ohanaeze Ndigbo. The attorneys-general of the five southeastern states have already anchored a report on it and before we know it, IPOB hijacked the name and started using it to commit a crime.
‘That arrangement has not stopped. We are trying to take a review. We will come up with an outfit that will be lasting. We don’t want to do things because others have done it or be copycats. There are permutations and we must defend our people and ensure that there is no external aggression.
‘It’s not a failure of government because the primary responsibility of government is to protect the lives and property of the people.”
The summit, the governor said, will take a holistic assessment of the security situation in the region and determine the best solution to tackling the issue, especially after the fiasco of the ESN.
Uzodimma said that the governors would not want to be a copycat, especially with the pressure put on them after the formation of Amotekun by the southwest governors, adding that the new outfit will be different from others.
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