It is no longer news that South-East has set up its own security outfit. The regional security outfit codenamed Ebube Agu was birthed following the rising insecurity challenges in the South-East region.
The new security outfit was announced on Sunday during the first South-East Security Summit which held in Owerri, capital of Imo State. The meeting had in attendance all the five South-East governors, security chiefs in the region, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and other stakeholders.
In recent times, the South-East has become a hotbed of criminality - attacks on security operatives, burning of police stations, farmers/herdsmen crisis, etc. And just a few days ago, gunmen attacked a correctional centre in Imo state and the state police command headquarters, burnt the facilities and cars, and freed over 1,800 inmates.
The Ebube Agu security outfit was set up to help in combating the criminality in the region, and coordinate vigilante activities in the South-East.
So what would be the core responsibilities of the new security outfit?
Yesterday, The Nation made a report on the seven operations the new security outfit will be carrying out in the region, and they are:
1. The outfit will be charged with the responsibility of gathering intelligence report in the region.
2. The outfit will help in creating security awareness.
3. They will also be exchanging intelligence in a smooth manner.
4. The outfit will be a channel for security alarm.
5. The operatives of the outfit will be responsible for the security affairs in their respective states.
6. They will also be charged with the responsibility of checkmating criminal activities in the region.
7. They will help in curbing attacks on communities and prevent the loss of lives and property.
The South-East leaders have not yet disclosed whether the outfit will be carrying guns or if they will be using uniforms, but it has been made clear that the headquarters of the outfit will be in Enugu State.
Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, gave the assurance that the security outfit will be properly equipped, and that Ebube Agu will be a security outfit both in word and action.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu:
This assurance from Governor Okezie Ikpeazu is really important, because since the new outfit was announced, one of the major concerns of people is for the outfit to be properly funded and equipped so that they will be motivated to carry out their responsibilities diligently.
The seven responsibilities of the outfit are clear enough, and we hope the outfit will live up to the expectation of the people, and succeed in helping to combat criminality in the South-East region.
What do you have to say about these responsibilities of the Ebube Agu outfit - do you think the outfit will be competent enough to meet up the expectation of the people? Tell us what you think, and also share the article so that others can contribute too.
Credit: The Nation.
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