South East governors propose law to create own regional security outfit
Governors of Nigeria’s South-east states have resolved to ensure the creation of laws to establish a regional security outfit.
The governors’ stance comes weeks after South-west governors met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo where they agreed to pass similar laws to back up the South-west security outfit, Amotekun.
The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, had earlier declared Amotekun illegal, saying the constitution only allowed a unitary police structure to be controlled by the federal government.
To resolve the impasse, the South-west governors met with Mr Malami and Mr Osinbajo where it was agreed that the South-west state assemblies should pass laws to legalise the already launched Amotekun.
In their meeting on Sunday, South-east governors resolved to have their state assemblies pass laws to establish their own security outfit.
Details of the discussion of the South-east governors were sent to PREMIUM TIMES by the spokesperson to the Enugu State governor.
Read the full statement below.
The governors of the South-east geo-political zone rose from a closed-door meeting at the Government House, Enugu, disclosing their plan to forward a bill to South East State Houses of Assembly to enact a law to back-up the South East Regional Security Programme.
Briefing journalists after the meeting which lasted over five hours, the Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, stated that the arrangement with the States Houses of Assembly will arrive at a name for the regional security outfit.
Mr Umahi, who maintained that the South-east governors had earlier formed their joint regional security on July 28, 2019, and consequently inaugurated the committee on August 31, added that the forum had written the federal government concerning the security outfit.
According to him, “at an appropriate time we shall be inviting the federal government to note the details of our Joint Security Programme”.
The governors assured the people of the South-east zone that “we have our State Vigilante and the Forest Guards in all the South East States, who work with the security agencies daily in our various communities for protection of lives and property”.
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