The leaders of the south east region of the country have finally agreed to launch a south east security outfit, to check the spate of insecurity in the region.
Last year, governors of the south west of the country had launched their version of a security outfit code named Operation Amotekun, to check the rising cases of herdsmen atrocities against local farmers.
According to the governors, the name of the security outfit would be made known to the public during the South-east Governors’ Forum next meeting, adding that all the necessary arrangements for the take-off of the outfit are on course.
Chairman of the south east governor’s forum and governor of Ebonyi state, David Umahi said the different South-east states would finalise a draft bill for passage into law by each state’s Houses of Assembly to give a legal backing to the security outfit.
The Ohaneze Youth Council OYC, a frontline socio-cultural ibo group has strongly backed the formation of the security outfit calling it a stitch in time.
“OYC call on the South East governors to establish a joint security outfit that will uniformly curb crimes and insecurity challenges emanating from suspected herdsmen.
“We want the South East governors forum to replicate in the South East, the new security outfit recently announced by Southwest governors “Amotekun” which will commence work on January 9th 2020. All over the world, security of lives and property remains the top priority of every government.
“OYC is ready to assist the South East Governors to draw up a master strategic plan, design to provide palliative measures and prevent crime through partnerships with security agents and ensure that crime and insecurity challenges are reduced to minimal level, for increased dividends of democracy, foreign investments, makes Southeast safe for businesses to thrive, and exploit her potential and become the fastest growing economies in West Africa. This security outfit will also create employment for Igbo youths,” the OYC said.
It said the current year will be tougher in the areas of security, economic policies, social security/welfare and infrastructural facilities, which “are in ruins across the zone for decades now”.