Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi on Wednesday said bandits are committing crimes in the South-East of the country under the guise of the Eastern Security Network, ESN.
Umahi who is also the Chairman of the South-East Governors’ Forum, made this disclosure during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.
He said: “Of late, we have bandits that are now doing a lot of evil and saying that they are Eastern Security Network, ESN”.
“They commit a lot of crimes and say they are IPOB and most of the time, IPOB will come and say, ‘We have no hands in this, we have no hands in that.”
While admitting that the development makes it a bit complex in fighting crime, the Governor vowed that Leaders of the region will not allow criminals to have a field day in the area, stressing that the establishment of the South-East security outfit codenamed Ebube Agu, will tackle insecurity in Igboland.
“We have the command of the law to protect the lives of our people and we would not allow illegality to thrive in our land,” he assured. “Conflict will not resolve conflict.”
The Governor explained that herders-farmers clashes are not the only threat facing the region, noting that the new security outfit was created to flush out crimes of all forms in the South-East.
He also raised the alarm that there are grand plots to incite war in the South-East, asking the people not to fall for such plans.
“The problem of this country is that people will leave their problems and make your problem their problem,” the 57-year-old added. “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’re not going to be deceived again.”