South-East Governors’ Forum has vowed to clamp down on criminals hiding under the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and their militant wing, the Eastern Security Network (ESN) to commit atrocities in the region.
The Chairman of South-East Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi issued the warning in a statement, after a virtual meeting with his colleagues on Wednesday.
The Governors warned criminals to desist from using the name of IPOB/ESN to perpetrate attacks and kill people in the South-East, vowing to do everything it takes to protect the lives and properties of its people.
They said, “We are aware that the insecurity and killings in South East have gone beyond IPOB/ESN as any criminal finds it easy to hide under such a name to commit crimes.
“We are determined to do everything to protect the lives and properties of our people. Our youths are advised to leverage on the various empowerment and agricultural programmes by our Governors to better their lives.
“On the issue of agitation by the youths, we are reviewing the work of Ohaneze Ndigbo committees on this matter and will soon call a larger stakeholders’ meeting to address such.
“All issues relating to the agitation and its fallout are better settled politically and on a negotiation table and we thank the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria – President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR for his consideration of a political solution to this problem. He has demonstrated that he is a good father who listens to his children.
“We urge our people to resume their Monday businesses as we assure them of adequate security.
“We thank all our security agencies for their commitment to securing the lives and properties of our people in the South East and we assure them of our continued support as they discharge their duties.”
‘The Killing, Beheading Of Two Policemen In Anambra’
The Governors promised to investigate arrest those behind recent a trending video showing the beheading of two policemen by hoodlums claiming to be IPOB/ESN in the South-East.
“We condemn in strong terms the video clip and write-up we saw in some social and print media where two policemen were said to have been killed and their heads cut-off by youths who styled themselves as members of IPOB/ESN.
“We have resolved among ourselves to work with security agencies to determine the authenticity of this video/report and if found to be true, to apprehend the perpetrators by all possible means to face the law.
“We are aware of similar videos in the past and which when subjected to forensic review were found out to have happened outside Nigeria.
“We assure Nigerians, especially the Police community, that we will not rest until we have done justice to this matter,” they said.
‘Fight Against Hard Drugs, Mkpurumiri In South-East’
The Governors, who stressed that they will not fold their hands and watch the South-East region degenerate to a state of barbarism, also said they were determined to get rid of the hard drug called “Mkpurumiri” and their dealers in the region.
They said, “We resolved to be very committed in our fight against hard drugs in our region especially the new one called Methamphetamine, locally known in South East as Mkpurumiri.
“We have decided that all shops and locations where any hard drug is sold will be forfeited to the State Government and all those promoting the trade or indulging in hard drug shall be seriously isolated to face the law.
“Rehabilitation of those misled into hard drug is also ongoing. We urge community leaders to give secret phone calls through the special numbers offered by our Governors on security and hard drug.
“We thank all our youths for the relative peace we enjoy in South East now. We are committed to your welfare. We want those who were misled to carry arms against our people and security agencies to surrender their arms to the Governors and get rehabilitated back to the society.”
KanyiDaily recalls that IPOB had recently warned that the South-East Governors would face the wrath of the people if they did not release all detained Biafran youths in their states.