Regional Security Why In The South West And Not South East? Inquiring Minds Want To Know...
The need to avoid a confrontation with the Federal Government has been cited as the main reason why the South East has decided to dump the idea of establishing a joint security outfit as being done in the South West.
As we remember during the height of insecurity and the spike in crime in the zone last year, the governors met in Enugu on July the 28th and resolved to set up a regional security outfit to be co-ordinated by its joint security committee headed by Maj.-Gen. Obi Umahi (rtd)
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Then on February the 9th this year it held another meeting also in Enugu, and the governors again reassured everyone on the planned joint security outfit, by sharing after the meeting that they were satisfied with all the arrangements and that the South-East Houses of Assembly would enact a law to back up.
The chairman of South-East Governors’ Forum and Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, also at that time disclosed that they had written the Federal Government on the development and that at an appropriate time they would be inviting the Federal Government to note the details of the joint security programme.
However, exactly three days later on February the 12th after a summit called for the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, the citizens of the region were surprised, shocked and disappointed when the Governors made a U-turn and quashed the idea of the regional force and adopted the Federal Government’s community policing model after another closed-door meeting at the Government House, Enugu, involving the IGP and the five governors, including Umahi (Ebonyi); Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu); Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Willie Obiano (Anambra) and Hope Uzodinma (Imo), who was represented by his deputy, Placid Njoku.
Many people in the region are now questioning out loud what happened in the meeting and why if such a security force was being adopted in the South West it could not also fly in this region? They are challenging what they call a double standard and are requesting that the leaders revisit the issue and stand firm regardless of any perceptions. They say such an outfit already exists in Ebonyi State and they want the same in the four other states.