South East: Governors direct state lawmakers to enact security laws

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South East Governors Forum Chairman’, Dave Umahi
Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu

SOUTH East Governors have directed the Houses of Assembly in the zone to enact security laws that will lead to the constitution of a South East joint security programme as a part of the security integration in the region.

The directive was part of the resolutions reached by the governors at the end of a meeting of the South East Governors Forum (SEGF)  in Enugu on Sunday. 

At the meeting, the governors faulted the recent position of the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu on community policing, while accused the Police Chief of defaulting on a previous agreement reached with the governors during the security summit in Enugu.

The Chairman of the SEGF and Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, said that while the governors were requesting the IGP to revert to the initial agreement reached on community policing at Enugu, the Forum agreed to direct the Houses of Assembly in the zone to initiate the process of enacting security laws in line with the South East joint security programme.

Umahi, who read the communique, stated that the Forum had no choice but to reject Adamu’s policing prototype.

According to him, “we are disappointed with the IG’s  message to the Forum because his plan is in contrast with the practice and composition of community policing for the zone as earlier agreed.”

Umahi noted further: “The Inspector General’s Community Policing composition is not in keeping with the agreement we reached with him during his last visit to the South East.

“In the circumstance, we cannot begin it’s implementation until the programme reflects our earlier agreement.”

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