A couple of months ago, when the South-East Governors launched the Ebubeagụ Security outfit, there were high hopes that the group would effectively combat rising insecurity in the region. It should be recalled that even before the Ebubeagụ was launched, there have been several cases of attacks and killings in the South-East by a group of unidentified gunmen.
The region had equally experienced cases of attacks and killings by armed gangs suspected to be Fulani Herdsmen. With this, many people in the region looked up to the Ebubeagụ, to complement the efforts of government security forces in the fight against insecurity in the South-East region. Despite the high hopes on Ebubeagụ, gunmen have continued to attack and kill people at will in the region.
There is no doubt that every society in the world has one form of security challenge or the other. With this, one does not expect the Ebubeagụ to completely eradicate security challenges in the South-East region. Rather, reduce the menace of attacks and killings in the region to the barest minimum. However, this has not been the case as unidentified gunmen have been on rampage in the region.
As a result of the continued attacks and killings, we may begin to ask ourselves whether the Ebubeagụ has failed to live up to people’s expectations. Sadly, the answer to this question is a yes, and the group has failed to make a positive impact in the fight against insecurity in the South-East. You will agree with me that the presence of the Ebubeagụ is not felt by people in the South-East the same way the presence of the Amotekun is felt in the Southwest region.
At the same time, the Ebubeagụ has not been able to make a bold statement by apprehending notorious criminals in the South-East, nor arrest some of the people behind the wave of attacks and killings in the region. The performance of the Ebubeagụ is undoubtedly below the expectations of the people. As such, can be said to have failed, and needs to be rebranded.
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