South- East elders under the aegis of Conference of Igbo Elders for Peace and Development have urged governors of the South- East region to immediately move against the formation of an illegal security outfit, Eastern Security Network, ESN, set up by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
A statement signed by the national president of the group, Dr. Festus Edochie, and national secretary, Barrister Esther Amadi, said Kanu’s action does not have their blessings and asked Nigerians to see it as personal and not representing the region.
The group also called on the leadership of Ohaneze Ndigbo to denounce Kanu’s action and advice residents against falling prey to his illegal activities.
They, however, called on the South-East governors to form a security outfit backed by law that would protect the region.
The Igbo elders said while they recognized the desire of the people to protect themselves through community policing, given the worsening security problems in the country, it must be done within the country’s established laws.
“We observed with utmost shock and concern a disturbing video of a group of some misguided youths codenamed ‘Eastern Security Network,” bearing arms and circulating on social media.
“In the said video, the group which claimed to be operating somewhere in Anambra State carried Ak-47 and other dangerous weapons under the guise of providing security against violent crimes being committed by herdsmen in the region.
“We condemn this group and its activities in its entirety and call on all South-East governors and well-meaning Ndigbo to come out and condemn this act of criminality being sponsored by a self-appointed leader of a proscribed IPOB,” the statement read in part.
They added that no group or individual has the legal right to bear prohibited firearms without a proper backing of the law.
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