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The South-East region, on Wednesday, made a strong case for the establishment of Ogbunigwe security outfit. The demand was tabled as the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu unveiled his community policing model to the people of the zone.
The event was at the South-East Security Summit, organized by the Nigeria Police in Enugu.
At the summit were Governors Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, David Umahi, Willie Obiano and Okezie Ikpeazu of Enugu, Ebonyi, Anambra and Ania, respectively. Imo State Deputy Governor, Placid Njoku was also at the event.
President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo and the Anglican Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province, Most Rev. Dr Emmanuel Chukwuma took the event by storm, lamenting the level of neglect and injustice the zone was suffering.
Nwodo said any community policing that was not under the command and control of elected leaders was dead on arrival.
Said Nwodo: “Inside our mind, what our people want is to own our security architecture. The law should find a way of allowing us to have our own Ogbunigwe. So far, the system has failed”.
On his part, Archbishop Chukwuma, who spoke on behalf of religious leaders said the people of South-East would no longer condone activities of marauding Fulani herdsmen.
Stated he: “we have had enough of killings and kidnappings; our people can no longer go to farm. The killer Fulani herdsmen should be declared terrorists now, the Federal Government should stop pampering them.
“If nothing is done about them, we have a mechanism to defend ourselves, both spiritually and otherwise”.