On Thursday, the South-East Governors’ Forum called for law enforcement to crack down on the perpetrators of crime in the region.
They issued the directive in a statement following their meeting in Enugu.
Hope Uzodinma, governor of Imo state and chairman of the Forum, was joined by governors of the other member states: Peter Mbah of Enugu State, Charles Soludo of Anambra State, Alex Otti of Abia State, and Francis Nwifuru of Ebonyi State.
They lauded the security services’ efforts to restore calm to the area, noting that the agencies’ collaboration with the governments and people of the zone was a key factor in the gradual return to normalcy.
Uzodinma read a communiqué in which the Forum reaffirmed its intention to organize a summit at a later date to discuss establishing joint socio-economic and security cooperation.
The Forum also stated that those responsible for the region’s insecurity, as well as those who financially support them, are nothing more than criminals and as such should be treated as such rather than as genuine agitators.
In a statement, participants said they were “firmly resolved to fight insecurity in the region decisively” both individually and collectively, in conjunction with the Federal Government and other Stakeholders.
We applaud the security services’ ongoing efforts to help us and urge them to keep it up.
We want to be very clear that those responsible for the instability in our region and those who fund them are criminals and not to be taken seriously as agitators. As a result, once they are apprehended, they must be punished in accordance with the law.
The security and economic summit was decided to be held at a date to be announced by the Forum.
Uzodinma, who also fielded questions from reporters, said the governors of the region would continue to do everything in their power to sustain the increasing peace and security the South-East is currently enjoying, while also distancing the unrest in the region from Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, whom he said had since disowned the enforcers of sit-at-home and perpetrators of other crimes.