Governors of the South Eastern Nigeria, say sponsors of insecurity in the region are criminals.

Under the auspices of the South East Governors Forum, Governors Hope Uzodimma (Imo), Alex Otti (Abia), Chukwuma Soludo (Anambra), Francis Nwifuru (Ebonyi) and Peter Mba (Enugu) met at Government House, Enugu, where they resolved to collaborate with the Federal Government to tackle the menace of insecurity threatening the socio economic life of the people of the region.

They said those behind the insecurity as it is perceived in the South East –  both the perpetrators and sponsors – are simply criminals and must be treated as such when arrested in accordance with the law and not be seen as legitimate agitators they claim to be.

Chairman of the Forum, Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, who read the communique, commended the security agencies for their cooperation and achievements in the zone thus far and encouraged them not to relent.

The communique read: “The forum firmly resolved to fight insecurity decisively in the region, individually and collectively, in partnership with the federal government of Nigeria and other stakeholders.

“We commend the security agencies for their cooperation and achievements thus far and encourage them not to relent.

“We wish to categorically state that the perpetrators of the insecurity and their sponsors in our region are criminals and should not be seen as legitimate agitators.

“Therefore, upon arrest, they should be dealt with in accordance with the laws of the land.

“The Forum resolved to hold the security and economic Summit for the South East region on a date to be announced soon.”


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