Governors from the South East of Nigeria have established a security outfit called EBUBE AGU as part of plans to checkmate the rising unrest in the region, stemming from an increase in criminal activities.
This was contained in a communique issued on Sunday, April 11, by the governors in the region.
According to them, the agency is to oversee and monitor the activities of vigilante groups in the region.
Specifically, Chairman of the South East Governors Forum, Dave Umahi read the statement after a meeting in Imo State on Sunday. He noted that the headquarters of EBUBE AGU security outfit will be in Enugu state.
Equally important, an excerpt from the communique reads, “The meeting strongly condemns the burning of police stations; violent attacks on custodial centres with the unlawful release of inmates, and the killings; including security personnel, natives/ farmers, and headsmen.
“To this end, the meeting makes it absolutely clear that the South East will stand resolutely with the federal government to fight terrorists and bandits to a finish.
“The heads of all the security agencies in the South East have resolved to exchange intelligence in a seamless, effective new order that will help to checkmate crime in the zone.
“The meeting resolved to maintain a joint security vigilante for the South East otherwise known as Ebube Agu.
“The meeting appreciated the formation of South East joint security outfit co.named Ebube Agu. Headquarters in Enugu to coordinate our vigilante in the South East.”
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Lagos Command has smashed a Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) syndicate at Baruwa town, Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State.
The command also arrested two members of the syndicate. Also, it detained a 60,000-litre truck laden with the commodity after overpowering the syndicate which attacked the NSCDC officials.
The NSCDC Lagos Commandant, Mr Paul Ayeni, addressed newsmen at the site of the bunkering.
He said the command received the distress call at about 1:00 am on Saturday, April 10.
According to the Lagos NSCDC boss, the men of the command immediately swung into action; to ensure the perpetrators do not go scot-free and that the country’s critical infrastructure is protected.