Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has made it absolutely clear that the South East will not use any members of the notorious Bakassi Boys as the regional security outfit that will soon commence in the zone.
Umahi, who is the chairman of South-East Governors’ Forum (SEGF) made this known in a statement through the Commissioner for Internal Security and Border Peace, Stanley Emegha (below), who addressed journalists in Abakaliki yesterday.
There it was suggested that the Bakassi Boys should be used for regional security, but Umahi said that SEGF could not accept any members past or present for the purpose.
He went on to inform that Ebonyi State has been running a successful Neighborhood Security Watch which has been embedded in the state’s law.
“In as must as the Federal Government is doing its best, its best is not enough. They (federal security agencies) should redouble their efforts in curbing insecurity because it is solely their responsibility to secure lives and property of the citizenry.
“As such, what is happening here is that the president has not taken drastic and hardened measures; if he does, the security agencies must come out with a solution to insecurity in the country,”
Meanwhile, other voices in the narrative have advised the SEGF (below) once the new force is being formed, to pool its new officers from both IPOB and Ohanaeze youth wings as well as from local existing vigilante groups including hunters just as Amotekun did with OPC members in the South West
A source close to the new implementation says this is being considered but each and every member will first be properly vetted. A general consensus on the outfits name has yet to be reached though the Ogbunigwe Security Force has been suggested.