The South-East Governors will in April unveil a security outfit for the region, chairman of the forum, Governor David Umahi, has said.
The governor disclosed this at the convocation of the Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki on Saturday, saying the South-East Governor’s Forum will come up with a security outfit everybody in the region would be proud of.
He said, “A General is also heading our security outfit; if you like, call it Amotekun but we are coming up with something that is very wonderful and adaptable to our zone.
Earlier at the same event, a former governor of the old Anambra State, Senator Jim Nwobodo, had charged the governors to set up without further delay a regional security outfit that would be completely under their control.
Nwobodo, who was conferred with an award of Doctor of Law, urged the South-East governors to adopt the South-West model of regional security outfit code named Operation Amotekun for the zone.
He asked the governors to take the issue of security in the region seriously, saying the people were no longer going to their farms because of fear of being killed by criminals.
Nwobodo said, “I charge all the South-East governors to take the issue of security seriously. Today, as I was coming here, I saw empty land unused; people can no longer go to their farms because of fear and it is your first task as governors to ensure that your people are protected; that people will be free and can go to their farms.
“I don’t care how you will do it but you must do that because that is the most important thing.”
He advised that the name to be adopted for the South-East security outfit must be a name that will frighten whoever that hears it.
“If you want to call it ‘Onye Akpakwa Nwagu Aka n’odu’ (meaning don’t touch the lion’s tale), but you must call it a name that will make everybody frightened.”