Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has raised the alarm over a plot by some persons to incite war in the south-east region.
Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Umahi said bandits were committing crimes in the South-East of the country under the guise of the Eastern Security Network (ESN).
The governor warned that governors of the region would not allow what he termed illegality to reign in the area.
“The problem of this country is that people will leave their problems and make your problem their problem. But what some of these people are doing is to incite the southeast into war and step aside, and we are not going to buy into that; we are not going to be deceived again,” he said.
“Whether it inspires confidence or not, it does not matter to me. What matters to me is that our people will be satisfied with our efforts in protecting their lives and property. People must be cautious and know that there are grand plans by people who have no interest in the southeast, to incite them into war and we are wiser than that.”
Governor Umahi said the only recognised security outfit in the region is Ebubeagu.
While blaming some politicians for the insecurity in the region, he said: “Ebube Agu is to protect the lives of everyone in the South-East.”