South-East Governors bans herdsmen from moving about with AK47 Guns and cutlass

South-East Governors bans herdsmen from moving about with  AK47 Guns and cutlass

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED BY SOUTH EAST GOVERNORS’ FORUM, AT THE
END OF ITS’ MEETING HELD ON SATURDAY, THE 31 DAY OF AUGUST,
2019, AT THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL CHAMBERS, LION BUILDING,
GOVERNMENT HOUSE, ENUGU
AGREEMENTS:

  1. Joint Air Operation to flush out bandits from all forests in the South
    East and to make it a continuous one;
  2. Restrain foot movement of herdsmen and their cattle from one state
    to another;
  3. Restrain foot movement of cattle and herdsmen from communities
    to communities across farmlands;
  4. Commend Enugu State Governor on establishment of Forest Guards
    in Enugu State and we encourage the remaining South-East
    Governors to launch theirs;
  5. South-East Governors have banned herdsmen who move about with
    AK47 Guns and cutlass and we want our Security Agencies to
    implement same;
  6. South-East Governors never invited the Army nor were South-East
    Governors informed on any of their Operations Python Dance until
    the operations were already started in the states;
  7. South-East Governors to write Mr. President to request for a meeting
    with him and all the Service Chiefs on security to douse tension in the
    region;
    We the South-East Governors acknowledged the safety reasons given by
    the Hon. Minister of Aviation Senator Hadi Abubakar and we support him
    for closing the Akanu Ibiam International Airport to save the lives of our
    people and our visitors;
  8. Hon. Minister of Aviation has assured us that the Akanu lbiam
    International Airport would be reconstructed to meet the Abuja
    International Airport standard. The run-way shall be extended, damaged
    tarmac rebuilt, new landing equipment with night landing light installed
    and renovation work shall be completed by December, 2019;
  9. Also the Sam Mbakwe Airport in Owerri will be given face lift to
    accommodate flights that would be diverted from Enugu Airport to Owerri
    Airport;
  10. Palliative and security measures to be worked out between FAAN, Ministry
    of Aviation, South-East State Governors, Security Agencies and FMoW to
    ease out inconveniences and make the routes safe through a joint
    committee;
  11. South East Governors have set up two committees to interface with
    Ministry of Aviation, FAAN, Security Agencies and Federal Ministry of
    Works:
    (a) South-East Security Committee members with Rtd. Major General Obi
    Umahi as Chairman;
    (b) South-East Project Supervision and Implementation of palliative
    measures with 5 Commissioners of works from 5 South East States.
    Prof. Fred Eze representing Ohaneze Ndigbo, Arch Bishop Fred Ede
    representing Clergy and representative of Nzuko Umunna Engr. Chris
    Okoye as the Chairman;
    (c) South-East Governors inaugurated her joint security committee to be
    located in Enugu State. The Committee Members are:
    (i)
    Maj. Gen. Abel Obi Umahi (Rtd.) Chairman
    (ii) Capt. Awa Agwu (Rtd.)
    (ii IGP Ogbonnaya Onovo (Rtd.)
    (iv) CP Ikechukwu Aduba (Rtd.)
    (v)

    Mr. Raymond Nkemdirim
  12. South-East Governors and Security Agencies to patrol all routes leading to
    where flights will be diverted from Enugu and also provide escorts to all
    travelers to the airports;
    14.South East Governors appreciate the representatives of Hon. Minister of
    Works and Housing and MD of FERMA. We however request that we be
    informed on the palliative measures on our routes to Owerri and Asaba
    Airports

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