The Governors made the disclosure in Enugu, Saturday, during their meeting
with enlarged stakeholders meeting that included the Minister for Aviation, the
Army, Police, the clergy, Igbo leaders, federal ministry of works, among others.
In a communiqué delivered by Chairman of the Governors Forum, Chief Dave Umahi,
the stakeholders said they deliberated on two major topics on matters of insecurity
and the matters arising from the closure of the Enugu airport. Umahi said their
discussion agreed that their earlier joint air operation to flush out bandits from
all forest in South-East would continue. He said “We also agreed that we have to
put measures in place to restrain movement of herdsmen and their cattle from one
state to another which is a source and point of conflict with the natives and farmers.
And also restrain the movement of cattle and herdsmen from the community to
communities across farmlands.” While commending Enugu state governor for the
establishment of Forest Guards as earlier agreed by South-East Governors, the meeting
encouraged the remaining South-East governors to launch theirs. “South-East governors
have banned herdsmen who move about with AK 47 guns and cutlasses and we want
our security agencies to implement same. South-East governors never invited the army
nor were the South East Governors informed of any of their operations on Python Dance
until the operations were already started in the states, Umahi said. He also disclosed that
they would write to President Mohammadu Buhari to request for a meeting with him and
all the security Chiefs on issues of security to douse tension in the region.
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