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Southeast Governors raises alarm over insecurity in Igbo land

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By Ruth Oginyi

Governors of the southeast zone Tuesday expressed worry over the rising cases of kidnapping and killings in the zone and vowed to protect their citizens.

In a communique read after the zoom meeting by the chairman southeast governors forum and Governor of Ebonyi state Engr. David Umahi, the Governor’s said that ndigbo are been killed and also security agencies and the situation is being heightened by the activities of very desperate politicians.

“Today 5th January 2021, the southeast Governors had their meeting and all the Governors were in attendance and the meeting resolved as follows.

“The Governors are so much worried about the killings and kidnappings that are going on by our people in the southeast; killing our people and then killing security agencies and the situation is being heightened by the activities of very desperate politicians. There are so many desperate politicians in all the political parties that are so desperate for power and they have aligned with some bandits in the southeast to destabilize the nation.

The communique further alleged that the purported video clip circulating in the social media claiming that Fulani headers are been chased out of Ebonyi state was the handiwork of mischief-makers.

“For instance, two days ago in Ebonyi state, the Fulani settlement that decided to move Taraba State and retain some of the family members in Ebonyi and of the cause, the man is still here and a politician as we have intelligent gathering went to put a voice and said that Igbo are chasing away the herdsmen from Ebonyi state. Such a video went very wide and was causing panic in other parts of the country and that is very much uncalled for.

“I want the public to discountenance this and the Governors’ forum condemn this and we will want the leaders of the southeast to rise to speak against this kind of attitude and against messages that tend to divide us and put our people in danger outside the southeast. We want them to do this because the security agencies as they have informed us will not continue to fold their hands where they are being killed and their rifles collected from them. Just two days ago, two policemen were killed in Imo state and their rifles were collected from them. Some kidnappings happened along the border of Enugu and Ebonyi. A kidnap case happened, thank God we rescued the person yesterday morning.

“So, we are very much worried, it is not those that are not from the Southeast that is doing it, it is our people that are doing it. They want to cause panic, they want to cause disunity in this country. We want the leaders of the southeast to rise above political sentiments to speak out and to condemn this act because should the security people act, the cry will go everywhere.

“We will do everything possible as Governors of the southeast to ensure that all our people are protected; the security agencies and all the people from other regions that are living with us.

“We have agreed that the southeast security committee will be expanded, we have agreed that this year we are going to have a common patrol. Our vehicles are going to be the same, the uniform will be the same and we will do this for our vigilante and we will continue to work with the people of Southeast to give them greater protection.#

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