Chairman of South East Governors Forum, David Umahi has announced that the Forum has settled rift with the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu, over the modalities for Community Policing planned for the South East.

Umahi who is also the Governor of Ebonyi state made the announcement on Wednesday after a virtual meeting of the governors with the IGP.

On Sunday, the South East governors had rejected a proposed template for setting up Community Policing in the region and expressed disappointment with Adamu for reneging on an earlier agreement they had with the police on the practice and composition of community policing for the zone

They also asked the five state Houses of Assembly in the region to commence enactment of state security laws that will give legal backing to the establishment of a regional security outfit in line with its joint security programme for the zone.

After the Wednesday virtual meeting which featured other leaders and stakeholders from the region in attendance, the Governors and the Police IG resolved their differences.

Umahi said: “The meeting centred on the communiqué we issued after our Sunday meeting of Governors of Southeast at Enugu.

“We the governors of Southeast and our leaders, were the first to accept community policing because of the beautiful ingredients of the community policing the IG explained to us when we had the meeting at Enugu.

“We saw that the idea in the policy would assist us and so when the CPs made a mistake by going to do the composition by themselves and asked the governors to inaugurate, we felt that something was wrong somewhere and we had to contact IG”.

“IG agreed today that the CPs made a mistake, anyone that has gone ahead to do the selection process made a mistake. That it was entirely for the governors and stakeholders to sit down and do the selection. Today, we met again, discussed and reached an agreement.”

Others who attended the virtual meeting include Ohanaeze Ndigbo Chairman, Ogbonnaya Nwodo, Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Jim Nwobodo, traditional rulers, and General Obi Umahi (rtd) amongst others.


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