No need for regional security, we are okay with outfits in South-East: Governors

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State governors in the South-East geo-political zone have expressed satisfaction at the security architecture present in the region.

Chairman of the South-East Governors Forum (SEGF) stated this while appearing on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily Thursday morning.

His position runs contrary to that of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) which has set up its own security outfit aimed at flushing out violent herdsmen residing in forest reserves across the Igbo predominantly area.

In the South-West, governors of the geo-political zone formed Amotekun to complement the efforts of federal security agencies.

In the South-South region, the governors had last year hinted of plans to launch their own regional security. They are yet to float it as at press time.

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“The governors of the South-East states are comfortable with the different security architectures at various states because the personnel are working very well,” Mr Umahi said, adding that, “There is a problem of insecurity in the region, but the issue is not peculiar to the region alone, it is a national problem.”

The Ebonyi State governor added that the region was okay with vigilantes in various locals and those complaining of lack of regional security live outside the geo-political zone.

“What we have in South-East states in a Joint Security Committee which trains Neighbourhood Watch and the vigilante groups or other local security architectures at different states in the region. If anybody tells you that there could be security personnel contributed from different states to form joint security for this region, it is not a possibility. It is not workable even if the constitution permits it.

“Every state is peculiar and so is their security challenges. The problem is that those complaining about the lack of joint security for the South-East are not living in the region. They don’t have the knowledge of how security works in the region.

“We are happy with what our local security personnel are doing at different states. We are not God who assures 100 per cent security but we are trying our best and this what our people want.

”Our local security architectures at different states know the terrain and the people very well and are given the opportunity to secure their environment and the people. That is the kind of arrangement we have in the South East,” he added.

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