South-East set to establish security outfit


Gov. Dave Umahi: Leading the vanguard for regional security outfit

The governor of Ebonyi state, Chief Dave Umahi, has said the South-East zone is on the verge of establishing a security outfit in the zone to tackle incessant attacks by suspected herdsmen on parts of the region.

Governor Umahi who doubles as the chairman, South-East Governors’ Forum, said the creation of the outfit is at the end state of planning to ensure it kicks off with effective operation.

 Governor made this disclosure on Wednesday, January 29, when he met with Major General Lasisi Adegboye, the General Officer Commanding 82 Division of the Nigerian Army.

 Daily Sun reports that Engineer Umahi lamented incessant attacks by suspected herdsmen on parts of the South-East and said the security agency is partly created to tackle this and ensure peace in the zone.

 Umahi said the zone’s governors had informed the Federal Government about the move to create the security agency.

The report, however, said Umahi did not mention the name of the new security outfit being created.


The report quoted Umahi as saying each region of the country has its own special challenge, adding that the south east zone had formed a joint task force.

 “We are putting things together because we had a joint meeting with all the service chiefs and the GOC.

 “So, we discussed and agreed on what we need to do to continue to give safety to our people in south east,” engineer Umahi maintained.

 He added that everyone would be involved in the security outfit being unveiled because each state in the region plays a vital role to its success.

It will be recalled that a similar body known as “Amotekun” established about two weeks ago by governors of the South-West region had since stirred national controversy with the FG declaring the outfit illegal.


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