Ebonyi govt rejects re-introduction of Bakassi boys as S’East security outfit

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By Ruth Oginyi

Ebonyi state government, on Tuesday said Bakassi boys cannot be used as south east regional security outfit which will soon commence in the region. The state Commissioner for Internal Security and Border Peace, Stanley Okoro Emegha stated this in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state capital while speaking with journalist in his office.

David Umahi, Governor of the State had last week during courtesy visit on him by GOC 82 division Lasis Adegboye disclosed that south east Governors were making adequate arrangements for the take-off of joint security taskforce in the zone to strengthen security in the region. There were suggestions that Bakassi boys should be used by the zone as the joint security taskforce.

But the state Government said it can’t accept the boys for the joint regional security pointing that each state has peculiar security challenge and has different security outfits to fight the insecurity.

The Commissioner said, “we don’t allow that, we cannot accept Bakassi boys in Ebonyi state. We have been running Neighborhood Security Watch and the outfit has been gazetted in our state law. Name doesn’t matter the important thing is doing the work and keeping the state safe.

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“Actually, all of us are Nigerians, we can see that there is a lot of insecurity in the country. In as must as the federal government is doing their  best,  there best is not enough. They should redouble their efforts in curbing insecurity because it is solely their responsibility to secure lives and properties of the citizenry.

“As such what is happening here is that Mr President has not taken drastic and hardened measures, if he do,  I tell you it will charge the security agencies that they must come out with a solution to insecurity in the country.

“And the regional joint security outfit, I have said it before that states doesn’t have  peculiar problems, the zeal which our governor have to make sure that everybody stay safe in our state cannot be the same zeal other governors have. He is just trying to encourage them, push them to know what they are suppose to be doing.

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“But if you talk about our state the man knows too well that nothing much can be achieved except there is adequate security. Security guaranties development so as such in our own state we have Neighborhood watch security outfit that are well trained, we train them every three months and we can all attest that they are doing fine. You can not the crime rate in this place to any other place, we are very serious with what we are doing and we mean it as a business unlike every other places.

“We have consultant who is a professional in security and we are coming up with two many  other measures which many other states may not want to abide by. So regional security outfit is good but if only they can abide by the style which others are doing.

“I know that Abia state is running vigilante and Bakassi and Ebonyi here is Neighborhood watch is really doing the work the way it should be. If they are coming out with a regional security outfit so far as the individual state will know what actually is their problem and then be serious to fight crime I believe very strongly it can help”, he said.

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