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The Imo state governor, Hope Uzodimma has explained that the south-east newly formed regional security outfit – Ebubeagu is not an alternative to the major security but rather a complementary effort.
The governor explained that the regional outfit is only meant to gather information on the criminal procedure activities and pass same to the security agencies for evaluation.
Uzodimma stated this when members of the Course 14 of the National Institute for Security Studies who were on a study tour of Imo State paid him a courtesy visit at the Sam Mbakwe Executive Council Chambers Government House of Owerri, Imo State.
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The Governor who gave a graphic history of Imo State and the efforts his government is making towards containing insecurity in the State, told the Course, 14 members of the Institute, that the south east security network Ebubeagu is not an alternative to the police and security agencies but that unemployment and ethnic distrust has been fueling the problem of insecurity.
On the birth of security outfit for the South East Geo-political zone codenamed EBUBEAGU, the Governor informed that it is not an alternative to the established security Agencies such as Police, Army, Air Force, Navy, NSCDC, etc, but a local outfit meant to gather information on criminal activities and give to the security operatives for proper processing and action.
‘They are to play complementary roles on the efforts of the Federal Government and Security Agencies, knowing full well that a threat to security anywhere in the country is a threat to security everywhere in the country.’
Governor Uzodimma used the occasion to reiterate his stand that the security breaches in the South East recently, do not in any way suggest that Ndigbo are tired of being in Nigeria. Rather ‘all we want is justice, equity, and fairness in a big Nigeria family.’
Earlier, the Commandant, National Institute for Security Studies, Alhaji Ayodele Adeleke said they are in Imo State, specifically, for a study. He said as a study group they are engaged in the study of the security and security architecture of Nigeria and Africa with the intention that their findings will help policymakers in fighting vices that have permeated the nooks and cranny of Nigeria communities and villages.
The vices, he mentioned include kidnapping, banditry, armed robbery and others.
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