On Thursday, the South-East Governors’ Forum called on security agencies to take action against those responsible for the insecurity within the region. This call was made in a communiqué released following their meeting in Enugu.
Present at the meeting were the Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, along with Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State, Governor Charles Soludo of Anambra, Governor Alex Otti of Abia State, and Governor Francis Nwifuru of Ebonyi.
The governors praised the security agencies for their efforts in restoring peace to the region, highlighting that the collaborative efforts of the security agencies, governments, and people of the zone were gradually leading to the restoration of normalcy.
During the press briefing, Uzodinma, who read the communiqué, emphasized the Forum’s dedication to establishing shared socio-economic and security cooperation through an upcoming summit, the date of which will be announced later.
Furthermore, the Forum firmly asserted that those behind the insecurity in the region, along with their supporters, were simply criminals and should not be legitimized as genuine agitators. Instead, they should be treated in accordance with the legal framework upon their apprehension.
The communiqué stated: “The Forum is resolutely committed to combating insecurity effectively in the region both individually and collectively, in collaboration with the Federal Government and other stakeholders. We acknowledge and appreciate the ongoing cooperation of the security agencies and encourage their unwavering efforts. We want to emphasize that the individuals and backers responsible for the insecurity in our region are criminals and must not be viewed as authentic agitators. Therefore, upon arrest, they should be handled in conformity with the country’s legal statutes. The Forum has decided to convene a security and economic summit, with the date of this event to be announced soon.”
Addressing inquiries from the media, Uzodinma disassociated the unrest within the region from Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, emphasizing that Kanu had distanced himself from those enforcing sit-at-home orders and perpetrating other criminal activities. He assured that the governors would continue to use their authority to maintain the growing sense of peace and security in the South-East.
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