Southeast governors have launched a regional security outfit named Ebube Agu (the glory of a tiger) to battle rising insecurity in the region.

They also banned open grazing and urged security agencies to enforce it.

The governors met in Owerri, the Imo State capital, with heads of security agencies in the region.

At the meeting were governors Dave Umahi (Ebonyi), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Willie Obiano (Anambra) and Imo State Hope Uzodimma, who was the host.

The governors condemned the attacks on police stations, correctional facility, and the unlawful release of inmates which has become rampant.

They said a committee made up of security personnel, government officials and relevant stakeholders will be set up to coordinate and monitor the implementation of Ebube Agu, with headquarters in Enugu.

The governors urged the IG to invite the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) “to find out the reason for increasing insecurity in the Southeast”.

They resolved to bring together all the arsenals at their command to fight and flush out criminals and terrorist from the zone.

They promised to back security agencies with all they need to make the onslaught against criminals successful.

The governor’s conference said the joint security outfit would have its headquarters in Enugu to coordinate the vigilance groups in the zone.

The governors expressed support to the federal government efforts in tackling security challenges in the country.