The Governor of Abia state Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, has said that the newly established South-East security Ebube Agu, would be a security outfit both in name and in action.
The Governor said this during an interview with news men at the state capital Umuahia.
According to him, Ebube Agu would oversee and monitor the activities of vigilante groups in the region.
“Today we have come together to synergize and see how best we can protect lives and properties of citizens within this geopolitical zone,” he said.
“Security situation across Nigeria as it is today is dynamic. We are just trying to respond to our peculiar circumstances in the southeast.”
“Ebube Agu would be a security outfit both in name, purpose and action. It will be properly equipped. I want to assure you that all the states in the southeast already has various vigilante outfits.
“In Abia, we call our own ‘the Homeland Security outfit.’ In Enugu, it is called the Forest Guards. But we want to call for a harmonised synergised system of action to be able to compare notes to be able to set up digital platforms that can respond to communication challenges,” he added.
Ikpeazu neither confirmed or denied, when asked if the new security outfit would bear arms and wear uniforms.
Speaking further, he said the new outfit would be rural-based, adding “it is also going to be intelligence-based.
The governor also spoke on his administration’s strides in Abia, noting that the state since his assumption into office in 2015 “remains one of the safest states in Nigeria and we have statistics to show for that.