The Governor of Imo State, Mr Hope Uzodinma has reportedly said that the governors of the South-East region were contemplating on setting up a security outfit for the zone before the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) loyalists hijacked the project and began using it to instigate trouble in some states.
The State Governor revealed this while speaking with journalists in Owerri over the weekend, stated that the South-East governors would be meeting in Owerri, the Imo State capital, to outline modalities that would see to the birth of a unique security outfit for the region.
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In a statement he said; “we are taking a review of the issue and as soon as this is concluded, we will come up with a novelty security outfit to protect our people”.
Not long ago, Uzodinma invited the military to douse the uprising in Orlu district, Imo State.
IPOB and its affiliate, ESN, were blamed by Nigerian authorities for the ugly situation in the town at the time.
IPOB is fighting to achieve a Biafra nation.
According to Uzodinma, the situation in Orlu region of the state had gone beyond what could be handled locally, hence his invitation of the military at the time.
Governor Uzodinma was under attack from some quarters after he called in the military. His critics cite some of his governor colleagues who are negotiating with bandits to solve their security challenge as an example.
But he quashed the insinuation, rather saying that he used the security personnel he invited to restore peace and normalcy.
He further said that, “Well, I don’t know what you mean. I told you that our initial intelligence and the efforts to control the sporadic shootings in Orlu that led to many deaths, innocent women in the market, people selling food foodstuffs dead by a group of people that we were not able to identify.”