Reporter : AMECHI ODO

About three hundred soldiers have been deployed across Ebonyi State to stem rising insecurity, which climaxed recently with the killing of three police officers at Onueke Divisional Police Station.

The State Governor and Chairman South East Governors Forum, Chief David Umahi announced this while briefing journalists on the outcome of the Forum’s virtual meeting, he presided over from his hometown Uburu in Ohaozara Local Government Area.

Chief Umahi described the killing of police officers and other cult related killings as unfortunate and vowed that the perpetrators must be brought to book.

“The Onueke killings was so unfortunate and so terrible but I will not divulge the measures we have taken but they are more security agencies that have been posted to Ebonyi.

“Like in the south here, we are looking at about 270 soldiers in what is called super camp. I think about 120 of the soldiers have arrived, we are having close to 300 women soldiers in Abakaliki, I think about 150 have arrived and being deployed,” the Government said.

Governor Umahi explained that the Forum had finalised plans to roll out operational vehicles and uniforms for South East zone security outfit to ensure adequate protection of the people in the area.

“The South East Governors have had series of meetings on security. We are presently circulating samples of uniforms, which is going to be common for the entire south east and we are also on display of vehicles, which will also be common for the entire south east.

“We have arranged for the training and retraining of all the security outfits of the Governors to ensure adequate protection of lives and properties within south east,” he remarked.

Chief Umahi noted that the name for the outfit would be decided collectively, emphasising that arrangement for training of those to serve in the outfit had been concluded.