S/East Govs Vow To Fight Insecurity In Their Zone, Call Perpetrators, Sponsors Criminals

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L- R: Governor Chukwuma Soludo (Anambra State), Governor Alex Otti (Abia State), Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State and Chairman of South East Governors Forum, Governor Peter Mba (Enugu State) and Governor Francis Nwifuru (Ebonyi State), briefing newsmen after their meeting on Thursday in Enugu on how to deal with the menace of insecurity in their region.

The governors of the South-East States of Nigeria on Thursday resolved to collaborate with the Federal Government to tackle the menace of insecurity threatening the socio-economic life of the people of the region.

This was at the governors’ meeting held in Enugu under the auspices of South-East Governors Forum.

They said those behind the insecurity as it was perceived in the South-East – both the perpetrators and sponsors – were simply criminals and must be treated as such when arrested in accordance with the law and not be seen as legitimate agitators they claim to be.

The meeting which lasted several hours at the Enugu State Government House was attended by all the South-East Governors – Hope Uzodimma of Imo State (Chairman of the Forum), Dr. Alex Otti (Abia), Prof. Chukwuma Soludo (Anambra), Francis Nwifuru (Ebonyi) and Dr. Peter MBA of Enugu, as the host.

In a communique read after the meeting by the Chairman of the Forum, Uzodimma, flanked by his brother colleagues, the governors also commended the security agencies for their cooperation and achievements in the zone so far, encouraging them not to relent.

Read the communique in full: “The forum firmly resolved to fight insecurity decisively in the region, individually and collectively, in partnership with the federal government of Nigeria and other stakeholders.

“We commend the security agencies for their cooperation and achievements thus far and encourage them not to relent.

“We wish to categorically state that the perpetrators of the insecurity and their sponsors in our region are criminals and should not be seen as legitimate agitators.

“Therefore, upon arrest, they should be dealt with in accordance with the laws of the land.

“The Forum resolved to hold the security and economic Summit for the South East region on a date to be announced soon”.

Said Governor Uzodinma while fielding questions on the perception that the detention of Nnamdi Kanu was fueling insecurity in the South-East: “I don’t know how you want to relate the name Nnamdi Kanu to the kidnappings, the beheading of human beings, the burning down of homes and palaces of traditional rulers to Nnamdi Kanu. But if you have evidence you may wish to approach us after this session”.

Stated South-East Governors Forum chairman on what the Governors are doing to bring Nnamdi Kanu out of detention and possibly relaunch Ebubeagu: “That has to do with the details of the programmes of the Forum of Governors, working in partnership with the Federal Government to deal with insecurity in the region. When the details are out, we will let you know”.

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