ABUJA, 12 April 2021 – Governors of Nigeria’s south-eastern states have announced plans to create a joint force to tackle insecurity.
The force, to be named Ebube Agu – the Igbor expression for “Incredible Tigers” – will coordinate security operations, share intelligence and mount joint patrols, among others.
States participating in the force include Imo where more than 15 police officers were killed in two attacks on police stations and on a prison.
Nearly 2,000 inmates were released during the jailbreak in Owerri, the capital of Imo state.
Members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) who are pursuing the dream of establishing Biafra have expressed concern that the real purpose of announcing such a force is to target its leaders and members.
To minimize violent conflict between farmers and herders, the governors have also announced a ban on open grazing.
Last year, governors in Nigeria’s southwestern states establish a similar force, named Amotekum – the Yoruba word for “leopard”.