Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Chairman of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Elders Council, has called for cooperation and coordination between the recently formed South East Defense Outfit codenamed Ebube Agu and the IPOB’s Eastern Security Network (ESN) to address the region’s existing security challenges.
Iwuanyanwu, who spoke to journalists in Owerri, said it is critical for the Ebubeagu to create an intelligence agency, an idea that was jointly proposed in 2019 by the leadership of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo and governors of the Southeast.
He urged the two security agencies to exchange information with the South West, South South, and other South East neighboring regions, as well as engage extensively in intelligence collecting to determine the causes of the region’s ongoing insurgency.
“The elders of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo will work towards getting the IPOB-ESN to work with the Ebubeagu because we want a situation where all hands should be on deck to protect the region from bandits and terrorists.
I would not want to believe that IPOB-ESN is responsible for what is now happening in the South East because IPOB ESN is made up of Igbo and as such, they cannot just come and start killing their fellow Igbo men”.
The Boko Haram sect and the Islamic State of West Africa (ISWA), he said, pose the greatest danger to the country’s stability.