The Southeast governors forum on Wednesday backed down from their original plan of setting up regional security outfit in the form of Amotekun formed in the Southwest by the governors of the zone.
The Southeast governors who took the decision to end their pursuit of regional security outfit after meeting with the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu in Enugu on Wednesday, said they have decided to adopt the community policing initiative of the Nigerian police instead.
Chairman of the forum and governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. Dave Umahi who read a communique of the meeting said the governors have decided to charge local leaders of communities with the responsibility of recruiting personnel for the community policing initiative.
“Taking into cognisance the existing security initiatives instituted by the governors of the states in the southeast geopolitical zone at the various local levels, such as the vigilante groups, the neighbourhood watch, forest guards, farmers/herders committees, the homeland gate keeping, etc, which are in conformity with the community policing strategy, the state governors have accepted and adopted community policing as an effective tool in bringing policing to the grassroots,” Umahi said.
“Two, community policing committees made up of traditional rulers, community leaders, town union leaders, religious leaders, etc, within the locality, will be charged with the responsibility of selecting and recruiting community policing officers that will work within the communities.”