There’re plans to incite war in South East, Umahi alleges

The Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum, SEGF, and governor of Ebonyi State, Mr Dave Umahi, has raised an alarm over alleged plot by some unnamed persons to incite war in the southeast geopolitical zone.

Umahi spoke in an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, saying that bandits were committing crimes in the South-East of the country under the guise of the Eastern Security Network, ESN.

He, however, warned that governors of the region will not allow the reign of illegality in the area.

His words, “The problem of this country is that people will leave their problems and make your problem their problem. But what some of these people are doing is to incite the south-east into war and step aside, and we are not going to buy into that, we are not going to be deceived again.

“Whether it inspires confidence or not, it does not matter to me. What matters to me is that our people will be satisfied with our efforts in protecting their lives and property.

“People must be very careful, and know that there are grand plans by people who have no interest in the south-east, to incite them into war and we are wiser than that.”

Umahi further said that the regional security outfit, Ebube Agu, recently launched by the South-East governors was not formed in a hurry, adding that the only recognised security outfit in the region is Ebubeagu.

He explained that he and his other colleagues from Abia, Anambra, Enugu and Imo would fight insecurity within the ambit of the law, even as he blamed some politicians for the insecurity in the region, saying, “Ebube Agu is to protect the lives of everyone in the South – East.” In the recent past, the eastern part of the country had come under intense attacks as gunmen assail residents, police formations and prisons, freeing thousands of inmates, forcing the SEGF to launch a security outfit to complement the efforts of the security agencies in the fight against criminals.

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