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South East governors
Governors of the South East geo-political zone rose from their virtual meeting yesterday with a vow to step up the fight against the menace of Methamphetamine aka Mkpuru Mmiri and other hard drugs in the zone consumption by youths in the zone.
Chairman of the forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Umahi, in a statement after the meeting, said the Governors resolved to confiscate any shop or locations where such drugs were sold, adding that any person or group of persons caught dealing in the drug or in possession of it or other similar hard drugs within the zone would be arrested and made to face the law.
Umahi in the statement said the Governors also condemned a trending video in the social media showing brutal killing and beheading of two police officers by hoodlums, adding that investigation was already on going to ascertain the authenticity of the video, vowing that the governors would do everything possible to ensure that security agencies fish out the perpetrators of such evil acts if investigation revealed that it actually happened in the zone.
The Governors further commended members of the Indigenous people of Biafra(IPOB) for the gradual return of peace in the zone, adding that the Governors were already working to ensure that those who were misled into violence were properly rehabilitated and reintegrated into the society.
“We resolved to be very committed in our fight against hard drugs in our region especially the new one called Methamphetamine, locally known in South East as Mkpurumiri. We have decided that all shops and locations where any hard drug is sold will be forfeited to the State Government and all those promoting the trade or indulging in hard drug shall be seriously isolated to face the law. Rehabilitation of those misled into hard drug is also ongoing. We urge community leaders to give secret phone calls through the special numbers offered by our Governors on security and hard drug,” Umahi reiterated.
“We thank all our youths for the relative peace we enjoy in South East now. We are committed to your welfare. We want those who were misled to carry arms against our people and security agencies to surrender their arms to the Governors and get rehabilitated back to the society.
“We warn all criminals who have styled themselves as IPOB/ESN to kill our people to immediately stop. We are aware that the insecurity and killings in South East have gone beyond IPOB/ESN as any criminal finds it easy to hide under such a name to commit crimes. We are determined to do everything to protect the lives and properties of our people. Our youths are advised to leverage on the various empowerment and agricultural programmes by our Governors to better their lives.
“On the issue of agitation by the youths, we are reviewing the work of Ohaneze Ndigbo committees on this matter and will soon call a larger stakeholders’ meeting to address such. All issues relating to the agitation and its fallout are better settled politically and on a negotiation table and we thank the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria – President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR for his consideration of a political solution to this problem. He has demonstrated that he is a good father who listens to his children”