Amotekun: Anam­bra, Enugu dif­fer on South-east se­cu­rity out­fit, S’south de­lays project

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THE Anam­bra and Enugu state gov­ern­ments on Sun­day­d­if­fere­donthe­p­os­si­bil­i­ty­ofestab­lishinga South-east se­cu­rity out­fit sim­i­lar to the South-west’s Op­er­a­tion Amotekun.

The Anam­bra State Gov­ern­ment said he was sat­is­fied with the se­cu­rity mea­sures it had taken and as such it was not con­tem­plat­ing a zonal se­cu­rity ar­range­ment.

But the Enugu State Gov­ern­ment said it would im­ple­ment any ar­range­ment for the se­cu­rity of the South-east.

The two South-east states stated this on Sun­day as there were in­di­ca­tions that the South-south was await­ing the re­sult of Op­er­a­tion Amotekun launched by the South-west.

The apex Igbo so­cio-cul­tural or­gan­i­sa­tion, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, had on Fri­day ap­plauded the South-west se­cu­rity out­fit, which was launched on Thurs­day to check killings and kid­nap­ping in the zone.

You don’t change a win­ning for­mula – Anam­bra com­mis­sioner

Asked if it would agree to a sim­i­lar se­cu­rity out­fit in the South-east, the Anam­bra State Gov­ern­ment de­scribed the se­cu­rity sys­tem in his state as one of the best in coun­try.

The state Com­mis­sioner for In­for­ma­tion and Pub­lic En­light­en­ment, C-don Ad­in­uba, in an in­ter­view with one of our cor­re­spon­dents, said, “There is no need chang­ing a win­ning for­mula. We arenot­con­tem­platin­gany­change­with­whatwe­have.

“What we have is very ef­fec­tive. We ad­vise other states about our se­cu­rity sys­tem. Even those in

South-west should learn from us. We are will­ing to share the se­cret of our suc­cess on se­cu­rity with any­body. Op­er­a­tion Nkpochapu is only one as­pect of our se­cu­rity sys­tem. We are look­ing at the se­cu­rity ar­chi­tec­ture holis­ti­cally.

“Plan­ning is key in se­cu­rity. Here you talk about the causes of vi­o­lent crimes; how do you stop them? We re­ward those who give in­tel­li­gence. We work with the po­lice. We pay them rea­son­able al­lowances. We pro­vide them equip­ment. We use tech­nol­ogy to fight crimes.”

S’east govs have es­tab­lished for­est guards – Enugu gov

But the Enugu State Gov­ern­ment said it would abide by any ar­range­ment for the se­cu­rity of the South-east.

The state Com­mis­sioner for In­for­ma­tion, Mr Chidi Aroh, dis­closed this while re­spond­ing to an en­quiry by The PUNCH.

Aroh said, “The South-east gover­nors es­tab­lished forest­guards,butwhat­ev­er­is­forthere­gion,ques­tions should go to South-east Gover­nors’ Fo­rum and what­ev­er­they­de­cide,enu­gus­tatewill im­ple­men­tit.”

The South-east Gover­nors had on July 28, 2019 af­ter its meet­ing in Enugu an­nounced it would es­tab­lish for­est guards in the five states of the zone.

The Chair­man of the fo­rum and Ebonyi State Gov­er­nor, David Umahi, who read the res­o­lu­tion of the gover­nors, said that zone would set up both a com­mit­tee and a cen­tre for South-east In­te­grated Se­cu­rity Mon­i­tor­ing and In­tel­li­gence gath­er­ing in Enugu to over­see the out­fit.

The Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the Imo Ori­en­ta­tion Agency, Martin Opara, said the se­cu­rity of the peo­ple of the state was the state gov­er­nor, Emeka Ihe­dioha’s ma­jor con­cern.

Opara, in an in­ter­view with The PUNCH, said, “The gov­er­nor is com­mit­ted to the se­cu­rity of the peo­ple of the state. It had not been long the gov­er­nor launched Op­er­a­tion Iron­gate to deal with all forms of crimes in the state.”

S’south wait­ing for Amotekun’s out­come

– Okowa

But the Delta State Gov­er­nor, Ifeanyi Okowa, said that the South-south was wait­ing to see the out­come of the Op­er­a­tion Amotekun.

Okowa, through his Chief Press Sec­re­tary, Mr Olise Ifea­jika, on Sun­day in As­aba, said, “For now, we are wait­ing to see how suc­cess­ful the Op­er­a­tion Amotekun will be in the South-west, and then, the gover­nors in the South-south will know whether to bor­row a leaf from it or not.

“You re­mem­ber that Delta State hosted the South­south se­cu­rity sum­mit or­gan­ised by the po­lice last year, but that was dif­fer­ent from what the South­west did. The zone came to­gether to or­gan­ise a se­cu­rity out­fit and ready to fund it in or­der to pro­tect the re­gion.”

Mean­while, the Indige­nous Peo­ple of Bi­afra said the South-east gover­nors and the Ohanaeze Ndigbo should be ashamed of them­selves for the roles they played in scut­tling the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu’s ar­range­ments­forapri­vatese­cu­ri­ty­out­fit­fort­hearea.

IPOB’S Me­dia and Pub­lic­ity Sec­re­tary, Emma Pow­er­ful, said this in a state­ment in Awka, Anam­bra State.

Cit­ing the launch of Op­er­a­tion Amotekun as an ex­am­ple, IPOB said that was the kind of idea Kanu ini­ti­ated in the South-east, but was con­demned by the Igbo lead­ers.

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