A town hall meeting aimed at curtailing the alleged violent activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the South East region has commenced in Enugu.
The meeting, which is geared towards addressing the dire security situation in the region, blamed on the IPOB-backed Eastern Security Network, saw the presence of some ministers, service chiefs, governors from five South-East states as well as opinion leaders.
According to a post on the Facebook page of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State on Friday, the closed-door meeting would chart a better security architecture in the five South East states of Enugu, Abia, Anambra, Imo and Ebonyi.
The Facebook Post read: “Defence Minister, Retired Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi, his Interior Ministry counterpart, H.E. Raul Adesoji Aregbesola and Service Chiefs, in a closed-door meeting on #security challenges with all the Governors of the South East geo-political zone and other leaders of the political, religious and traditional institutions in the zone, at the Government House, #Enugu.
“As #Governor Ifeanyi #Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, in his welcome address, described the Town Hall meeting as timely and apt, expressing optimism that the outcome of the meeting will engender the watershed to the security challenges in the South East zone.
“Gov. Ugwuanyi who stressed the need for all government structures to uphold the security and welfare of the people as the primary purpose of government (enshrined in the 1999 Constitution), said that the consultation with the Service Chiefs and critical stakeholders of the South East zone, on the current security challenges, underscores the centrality of this security responsibility in our consideration”, thanking President Muhammadu Buhari for this desirable and laudable development.
“The governor therefore wished the audience a very fruitful deliberation.”
PlatinumPost reports that there have been frequent attacks on security personnel and government offices in the South-East in recent time while security forces have also killed several persons believed to be members of ESN.
IPOB, which denied its involvement in the attacks, has however accused the military of killing innocent youths, saying ESN operatives are only after Fulani herdsmen operating in Igbo land.