South East Governors rejects call to use Bakassi Boys as security

David Umahi

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State say the South East will not use the dreaded Bakassi Boys as the regional security outfit that will soon commence in the zone.

Umahi, who is the chairman of South East Governors’ Forum (SEGF) spoke through the Commissioner for Internal Security and Border Peace, Stanley Emegha, in Abakaliki.

There were suggestions that Bakassi Boys should be used for regional security, but Umahi said that SEGF could not accept the boys for the purpose.

According to him, Ebonyi has been running Neighbourhood Security Watch and the outfit has been gazetted in the state’s law.

Name doesn’t matter; the important thing is doing the work and keeping the state safe, he argued, adding that Nigerians can see that there is a lot of insecurity in the country. Meanwhile, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has called on Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State and other South East leaders to immediately take pre-emptive steps to prevent armed herdsmen from attacking any community in the region.