For the purpose of protecting the people of South-East against the menace of the Fulani herdsmen and to ensure adequate security of lives and property of the people, the South-East governors met on several occasions and resolved to form a Joint Security outfit.
Last week, the Chairman of South-East Governors Forum and the Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi had alerted that very soon the outfit will commence an action. It has been said that the South-East governors have been under pressure to be proactive towards what has been seen as security lapses in this part of the country.
Several reports have indicated the recklessness of the Fulani herdsmen in the various communities in the Igbo states, which range from destruction of farms to rape, and from kidnap to indiscriminate killings. Pressure on the South-East governors intensified owing to the establishment of Amotekun, a Joint security outfit set up by the South-East governors to guard their region.
The name of the joint security outfit for the South-East ascertained as at press time but sources in Abokiliki said two names have for been presented by a joint security committee inaugurated by the governor which are “EkwenchiIgbo” and “Ogbunigwe”. Speculations are on the increase that the security outfit may be launched in March 2020.
The governors were not distanced from criticisms which emanated from their letter to the President as if they must get the approval of the Federal Government to secure their people. Some critics have also queried the rationale behind their formal letter to the Federal Government were not there when the constituted nuisance in the South-East Communities killing, raping, kidnapping and destroying their farms.
It has been reported that the governors of the middle belt states have also resolved to form their own security outfit to guard against the killings of their people by the Fulani herdsmen.