Over 570 soldiers now deployed in Ebonyi to fight cultism, other security threats


Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State has announced the deployment of over 570 soldiers by the Federal government to insecurities especially cultism in the state.

NATIONAL PANEL gathered that 300 of the 570 soldiers deployed to the state are females whereas 270 others are men.

According to Nations News,  Umahi made disclosure was responding to the killings of some Police officers at Onueke police station in Ezza South Council Area of Ebonyi State.

The Policemen were allegedly killed  by cultists when they stormed the station to rescue one of their leaders who was arrested and detained by the police.

But Umahi vowed to arrest and prosecute all of them who allegedly participated in the killings of the said police officers.

The governor issued this while briefing journalists at his country home at Uburu community in Ohaozara LGA of the state.

“The Onueke killings were so unfortunate and so terrible but I will not divulge the measures we have taken but they are more security agencies that have been posted to Ebonyi,  like in the south here, we are looking at about 270 soldiers in what is called super camp. I think about 120 of the soldiers have arrived, we are having close to 300 women soldiers in Abakaliki, I think about 150 have arrived and are being deployed.

“We are going to deploy other measures to tackle the security situation, the difference is going to be very clear and you will  see what happens in the weeks ahead. I was told by the CP that he has been redeployed to the headquarters. So, we are expecting a new CP in the state. Everybody comes with his or her own arrangement, so, let’s hope that the new CP coming is going to inject his ingenuity towards solving our problem," he said.

He however, revealed the preparedness of the five governors of the region to unveil their preferred uniform  and vehicles for the region’s security outfit.

“The South East Governors have had a series of meetings on security. We are presently circulating samples of uniforms which are going to be common for the entire south east and we are also displaying vehicles which will also be common for the entire south east. We have arranged for the training and retraining of all the security outfits of the Governors to ensure adequate protection of lives and properties within the south east. And so, in the few weeks to come, we are going to roll out these uniforms and vehicles to further deepen our efforts in security architecture in the entire south east.

“The security outfit for south east is going to have one name and the name for the security outfit for south east is not going to come from me alone. The Governors and leaders of the South East will meet and they will come up with a name. The most critical is the vehicles, the uniforms. The name will not be a problem, it won’t be” he hinted.

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