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A collective decision has been reached by the South-East Governors Forum to take decisive action against those involved in perpetrating and supporting insecurity in their region.
The forum proclaimed this in a communique at the conclusion of its first meeting in Enugu on Thursday, held after the inauguration of the new administrations.
The communique, presented by the newly appointed chairman of the forum, Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma, unequivocally stated that the perpetrators and those supporting them should be considered criminals and not legitimate advocates.
Mr. Uzodimma made it clear that the apprehended criminals will be subjected to the legal framework of the country to ensure proper handling of their cases.
The meeting saw the attendance of governors from all five states, including Charles Soludo representing Anambra, Alex Otti representing Abia, Francis Nwifuru representing Ebonyi, and the host governor, Peter Mbah of Enugu.
This meeting was noteworthy as it represented the forum’s first assembly since the election of Mr. Uzodimma as its chairman.
‘We wish to state categorically that the perpetrators of the insecurity in our region and their sponsors are criminals and should not be seen as legitimate agitators,’ he said.
This meeting was significant as it was the inaugural gathering following Mr. Uzodimma’s election as the chairman of the forum.
He reiterated that the forum’s decision was to combat insecurity effectively in the region, forming a strategic alliance with the federal government and engaging other essential stakeholders.
The governor also announced that the forum had decided to organise a security and economic summit, the specific date of which will be disclosed later.
Moreover, he acknowledged the invaluable partnership of the security agencies and offered words of encouragement, urging them to persist in their endeavors.