Bakassi Boys: Ebonyi Govt replies IPOB

Posted by Charles lwuoha | 25 November 2019 | 1,243 times

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•Eboyi State Governor, Dave Umahi

The Ebonyi State Government, yesterday, described as untrue the existence of Bakassi Boys security group in the state.

There were reports in the social media by some Biafra agitators, including the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), that the Ebonyi state government has inaugurated Bakassi Boys security outfit to confront them.

The Biafra Restoration Voice (TBRV) had reported that the Bakassi Boys group was inaugurated to attack members of IPOB because of their opposition to the Rural Grazing Area (RUGA) project in the state and the South East in general.

But the state government described it as strange and untrue.

Speaking with reporters in Abakaliki the state capital, the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Border Peace, Chief Stanley Okoro Emegha, dismissed the insinuations and berated Biafra agitators for the rumour.

“This is a strange story as a far as the state is concerned. There is no security outfit that can be established in this state without the knowledge of the state government and as such, there is nothing like Bakassi Boys.

“There is nothing like Bakassi or ISAKABA, IPOB, MASSOB or whatever you call them. People may stay in their homes based on their agitations and say they are IPOB or MASSOB or they are this or that but they are not known in Ebonyi state because their activities isagainst the law of the land.

“So, there is nothing like Bakassi in Ebonyi state and there is no inauguration of such group in the state. There is absolutely nothing like that and we don’t condone it. Who did the selection? Who inaugurated them?

“There were some people that came and said they are National Vigilante and the Governor said we don’t want to hear anything like that here in the state.

“What we have, which is constitutionally approved by our House of Assembly, is the state Neighbourhood Watch and everybody knows their activities. It is recognized worldwide and security agencies in the state know their activities and that is the only thing we know in the state and we have as a security outfit. Their conduct have limitations, there are certain extent they don’t go.

“They give tips to police, their activities does not cross this level and they are purely to checkmate pocket of  crimes, trying to kind our barricades to make sure that if you snatch a car you can’t escape and that all.”

Source: News Express

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