IPOB Hijacked ESN From South-East Governors – Hope Uzodinma

Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma says that the Eastern Security Network (ESN), the regional security outfit of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), was the brainchild of South-East governors but was hijacked by the group.

Governor Uzodinma, who made the assertion at the weekend while interacting with members of the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Owerri, said that the governors abandoned their plan of using the name “Eastern Security Network” when it was appropriated by the IPOB.

Governor Uzodinma, who made the assertion at the weekend while interacting with members of the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Owerri, said that the governors abandoned their plan of using the name “Eastern Security Network” when it was appropriated by the IPOB.

The governor stated, ‘In the next couple of weeks, governors of the South-East will hold a security summit in Owerri with a view to fashioning out modalities for setting up a security outfit for our region. We will hold an elaborate discussion with a view to finding a lasting solution and to complement the work of security agents in the country,’

‘It’s necessary for every zone to be vigilant and have a security outfit, especially with the present situation we have in this country. We cannot lose fate with the management of security in our region and at the same time, we must be careful in the way we go about it.

‘South-East governors tried to set up the Eastern Security Network by working with Ohanaeze Ndigbo. The attorneys-general of the five southeastern states had already anchored a report on it, and before we knew it IPOB hijacked the name and started using it to commit crime.

‘That arrangement has not stopped. We are trying to take a review. We will come up with an outfit that will be lasting. We don’t want to do things because others have done it or be copy cats. There are permutations and we must defend our people and ensure that there is no external aggression.‘It’s not the failure of government because the primary responsibility of government is to protect the lives and property of the people.’

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