AHEAD of the deployment of the new Bakassi Boys to Abia rural communities, Abia State Government in collaboration with traditional rulers and security agencies, weekend, held a peace and security summit aimed at sensitising indigenes on the new security challenges and the role of the outfit. The state is resurrecting the Bakassi Boys following growing insecurity in the state, including violent activities of the herdsmen, kidnapping and other crimes. Declaring the meeting open, Governor lamented that the security problems in the state seemed to have overwhelmed the security organisations, hence the need for the summit to explore ways to help the security agencies to operate effectively. The governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Ude Oko Chukwu, said: “I believe that at this point the security agencies require the assistance of traditional rulers and other concerned citizens to combat crimes in the state. They require information which is the reason behind the summit with traditional rulers and security agencies.” According to the governor, kidnappers and armed robbers were everywhere in the state, coupled with armed Fulani herdsmen, who had left taking care of their cattle to killing people. He said: “I want the police, Army, Department of State Services, DSS, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, and the Bakassi to join hands with the traditional rulers to commence a neighbourhood watch, with the traditional rulers providing 10 youths each to work with the security agencies.” The governor, however, warned the traditional rulers to nominate youths with good character because “after providing the youths, if any of them is found wanting or misbehaving, the traditional rulers involved will be held responsible. Therefore, you need to give us your best to avoid problems.” In his remarks, the chairman of the occasion, a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police, Mr. Azubuko Udah, said all hands would be on deck to tackle security in the state.