The Ebonyi State government on Thursday said the Ebubeagu security outfit is backed by law and will continue to assist the state police to protect lives and secure the people of the state.
The Commissioner for Internal Security, Border Peace and Conflict Resolution in the state, Mr. Stanley Okoro Emegha made this known while briefing journalists in Abakaliki.
Emegha who noted that Ebubeagu has come to stay in Ebonyi State said it can never be destroyed by politicians who according to him are opposing the efforts of the state government in maintaining peace and order in the state.
He said “Some National Assembly members were making some utterances against the state government and then talking about Ebubeagu and in my usual way I don’t like joining issues with people especially in political power but it is necessary that I make some clarifications and then to let them know that Ebonyi belongs to all of us. We can jointly make it better.
“Ebubeagu has come to stay and it is well known to the security agencies. Ebubeagu men are on training now by security agencies. Does security agencies in Abuja not know that Ebubeagu is in existence, they wouldn’t have permitted security agencies here in Ebonyi to go ahead to train the Ebubeagu security outfit.
“Ebubeagu is not after any PDP member and can never be after the PDP members. What they are after are hoodlums that are terrorizing the state to make sure that the state is in peace the way it should.
“The purpose of calling this press briefing is to let the world know that all allegation levelled against Ebubeagu are falsehoods.
“Ebubeagu has come to stay and we will instruct Ebubeagu to start securing the facilities of those in opposition”.
“The full function of Ebubeagu started from the capital city where we recruited over one hundred and fifty personnel’s and we sent them first for training. Other ones that are coming from the local governments are one hundred per LGA. We allowed it in the hands of the traditional rulers and then possibly in the hands of some stakeholders in those areas to select. They have not even started work.
“Ebubeagu will be complimenting the works of the security agencies. Ebubeagu in various LGAs have not started work, we have not even gotten their list.
When asked if the Ebubeagu is backed by law, Emegha said: “The state House of Assembly has done that, the Governor announced it yesterday. I also have the copy of the law backing Ebubeagu in Ebonyi ” he stressed.