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2023: Enugu electorates must decide who governs them, not a few elites, says ESCSEG Coordinator, Onyendozi

Onwe

The coordinator, Enugu State Citizens Support for Equity and Good Governance (ESCSEG), Comr. Onyendozi E Onwe has stated the readiness of the group to ensure that the electorates plays a prominent roles on who govern them at all levels of governance come 2023 in the state.

He said “Gone are the days when few elites in the name of stakeholders sat and decide the feat of millions of the citizens of the state. The citizens have been shortchanged in the past elections through intimidation, inducement and imposition thereby reducing the citizens to the background”.

Comr. Onwe made this known at the state secretariat of the group in Enugu while inaugurating the INEC continued voters registration sensitization committee. He stated that the essence of the committee is to ensure that all the eligible voters in the state avail themselves opportunity to register to enable them vote in the future elections.

He further said that the inauguration of the committee is in line with the mission of ESCSEG which is ” to engage the citizens to actively participate in the political processes thereby reducing political apathy among the citizens ”

He called on the political elites in the state to stop hitting up the polity with unnecessary political activities, but rather, channel their the efforts to ensure that all eligible voters get registered when the exercise commences next month.

Responding on behalf of the committee members, the deputy coordinator and chairman of the committee, Hon. Chigozie Okafor thanked the state coordinator for the opportunity to server in that capacity and promised to do a diligent work. Other members if the committee are: the state publicity secretary, Hon. Lawrence Onuora as secretary, Director contact and mobilization, Hon. Chukwebuka Aneke member and Ex-officio Mr. Chinedu Onuoha as member.

The committee is expected to supervise the appointment of similar committee at local government and ward levels.

Southern Governors Resolutions Best for Nigeria – Okowa

Okowa

Delta Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, on Saturday said resolutions reached at the Southern Governors Forum’s meeting held in Asaba recently were for the good of the nation.

Okowa stated this while speaking at the empowerment of constituents of Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency by their representative and Minority Leader of House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Ndudi Godwin Elumelu, in Asaba.

He said that anyone casting aspersion on the resolutions of the Forum towards a better Nigeria did not mean well for the nation.

The governor remarked that restructuring, ban on open grazing and other issues raised by the governors had been subjects of agitations, aimed at pulling the country out of the present multiple challenges facing it.

He commended the Southern Governors for putting the interest of the nation above political affiliations, tribalism, religious inclinations and selfish interest.

Okowa thanked members of the National Assembly from Southern Nigeria for replying their colleagues appropriately over their unguided statement on the position of the Southern Governors’ Forum.

He added that the time was ripe for leaders and stakeholders from all parts of the country to endorse the communique issued by the Southern Governors as a road map for rebuilding a new Nigeria where all interest groups would be treated equally in the “Nigerian project”.

According to him, every elected representative has the right to speak up for the people and we, as governors, spoke because things were going on in the country contrary to expectations.

On who to succeed him in the state in 2023, the governor sued for calm, and cautioned politicians against heating up the polity.

According to him, the collective interest of the people should be placed above self, irrespective of ambitions.

He stated that his administration had been fair in the implementation of policies and programmes across the state, and advocated for a governor that would carry everyone along in the scheme of things.

“We are politicians and politics will have to be played. I can see that a lot has been on in our dear state, especially the scramble on who will replace Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa come 2023.

“Unfortunately, some were not even patient. They started their campaigns in the first three months of my second term in office.

“I want to charge our leaders and people to be cautious because politics is such that if you don’t read it rightly, you will directly throw your people into fire.

“I am not all-knowing, but at the appropriate time, leaders must be ready to sit down for us to do a proper analysis politically, before we take decisions so that we will not lead our people into darkness.

“I want to caution our leaders who are jumping the ship because of the very little thing that has been provided for them. It is not about self, it is going to be about the people.

“I am the governor of the state and I appreciate it. I believe in equity and will not shy away from the fact that I am from Delta North Senatorial District,” he said.

“By the grace of God, in our approach to governance, we have been fair in what we do. Shine your eyes so that people will not come to lure you with N500,000 and N1,000,000 and you sell the conscience of your people and you lure them into fire.

“I believe in equity; It has shown that we are not inferior in Delta North. Please let us stay cautious, especially, the leaders.

“Who ever is coming to rule this state, by the grace of God, must be somebody who is ready to ensure that there is fairness, equity and justice.

“We want somebody who will come to Asaba and see Asaba as his home and not somebody who will come and feel that Asaba as headquarters is misplaced.

“So, I urge our people that this is the time to stay together; this is the time to think alike and I want to reassure you that in the next one month, we will start the politics,” Okowa added.

Southern governors stand: A commendable awakening

Governors of southern Nigeria in a group photograph recently in Asaba

By Patriot Patrick Eholor

Great and conscious awakening by the southern governors. In everything in life a time for reality check and self confession must surely come.

Living in denials and pretense certainly does not endure. I was highly enthused listening and understanding the communique issued by the seventeen southern governors during their last meeting held in Asaba, Delta State capital.

They agreed with one voice and a sound mind as follows, they in strong terms condemned open grazing as out of fashion and outdated. That it must be put to a stop at least in southern states. They also courageously asked for much needed restructuring. These key issues among others are the fundamentals of the present crisis that gripped our dear nation.

Injustice has an expiry date . It’s only truth, justice and equity that endures. For this courageous act of the southern governors to come to terms with the issued communique is the beginning of better days ahead. In a country filled with corrupt and self serving leaders, it’s an encouragement to experience this development. This will surely bequeath greater things. We have for so long lived a marginalized lifestyle in a country that we rightly belong because we are birthed in certain geographical location.

This perpetuated for this long stretch because of pathetic greed and ignorance of those we entrusted with leadership. Our past and present got marginalized and beaten. With this development our future looks bright if there is consistency,one mind and one voice. Let’ us arise and take advantage of this moment. We have a right to better life.

Our land can provide that. I commend our dedicated activists who are fearless and not economical with the truth in most difficult times.

FULL COMMUNIQUE: 17 Southern governors meet in Asaba, ban open grazing, ask Buhari to address Nigerians, convoke ‘national dialogue’


The governors of the 17 southern states in Nigeria on Tuesday called on the federal government to “convoke a national dialogue as a matter of urgency.”

They also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to “address Nigerians on the challenges of insecurity…”

The governors also resolved to ban open grazing of cattle in all their states.

The three resolutions were among 12 reached by the governors at their meeting in Asaba, the Delta State capital.

Below is a full list of the resolutions reached by the governors:

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE MEETING OF THE GOVERNORS OF SOUTHERN NIGERIA IN GOVERNMENT HOUSE, ASABA, DELTA STATE, ON TUESDAY, 11TH MAY, 2021

At its meeting, held today, 11th May, 2021, the Southern Governors Forum reviewed the situation in the nation generally and focused
on the current security situation, agitations/restructuring,
prospect for inter-state collaboration and partnerships as well as on the incidence of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Rising from the meeting, the Forum:

i) affirmed that the peoples of Southern Nigeria remain
committed to the unity of Nigeria on the basis of justice,
fairness, equity and oneness and peaceful co-existence
between and among its peoples with a focus on the attainment of shared goals for economíc development and prosperity;

ii) observed that the incursion of
armed herders, criminals
and bandits into the Southern part of the country has presented a severe security challenge such that citizens are not able to live their normal lives including pursuing
various productive activities leading to a threat to food supply and general security. Consequently, the meeting resolved that open grazing of cattle be banned across
Southern Nigería;

iii) noted that development and population growth has put pressure on available land and increased the prospects of conflict between migrating herders and local populations in the South. Given this scenario, it becomes imperative to enforce the ban on open grazing in the South (including
cattle movement to the South by foot);

iv) recommended that the Federal Government should support WILLING States to develop alternative and modern
livestock management systems;

v) agreed that the progress of the nation requires that urgent and bold steps be taken to restructure the Nigerian Federation leading to the evolution of state police, review
of revenue allocation formula in favour of the sub-national
governments and creation of other institutions which legitimately advance our commitment to and practice of true federalism;

vi) recommended that in view of widespread agitations among
our various peoples for greater inclusiveness in existing
governance arrangements, the Federal Government should
convoke a national dialogue as a matter of urgency;

vii) recommended that in deference to the sensitivities of our
various peoples, there is need to review appointments into Federal
Government Agencies (including Security Agencies) to reflect federal character as Nigeria’s overall
population is heterogenous;

viii) resolved to foster cooperation among the Southern States
and the nation at large. In this connection, Secretaries to
the Governments of the Southern States are to work together to develop and institutionalize a mechanism to foster this cooperation which will advance the comparative economic advantages and other interests of the Southern
States;

ix) expressed concern on the continued gridlock on the
Oshodi – Apapa Expressway and the chokehold it has exerted on the nation’s economy being the sole outlet from Apapa Wharf. The meeting therefore recommended the activation and establishment of ports in other States of the
federation to create new jobs and promote socio-economic
activities in the country;

x) the meeting expressed concern on the economic implications of another lockdown on the country, and therefore suggested greater coordination and cooperation
between Federal and State Governments in evolving
strategies for dealing with the pandemic;

xi) expressed very grave concern on the security challenge currently plaguing the nation and strongly urged that Mr. President should address Nigerians on the challenges of insecurity and restore the confidence of our people; and

xii) expressed gratitude to our host, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa
for his generosity and hospitality.

Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN
Governor, Ondo State

His Excellency
Dr. Victor Okezie Ikpeazu
Governor, Abia State

His Excellency
Chief Emmanuel Udom
Governor, Akwa Ibom State

His Excellency
Senator Diri Duoye
Governor, Bayelsa State

His Excellency
Willie Obiano
Governor, Anambra State

His Excellency
Prof. Ben Ayade
Governor, Cross Rivers State

His Excellency
Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa
Governor, Delta State

His Excellency
Engr. David Umahi
Governor, Ebonyi State

His Excellency
Godwin Obaseki
Governor, Edo State

His Excellency
John Olukayode Fayemi
Governor, Ekiti State

His Excellency
Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi
Governor, Enugu State

His Excellency
Senator Hope Uzodimma
Governor, Imo State

His Excellency
Babajide Sanwo-Olu
Governor, Lagos State

His Excellency
Dapo Abiodun
Governor, Ogun State

His Excellency
Isiaka Adegboyega Oyetola
Governor, Osun State

His Excellency
Oluwaseyi Abiodun Makinde
Governor, Oyo State

His Excellency
Ezenwo Nyesom Wike
Governor, Rivers State

Excels
Asaba, Delta state.

Biafra Day: MASSOB faults Buhari’s SE, SS shoot-at-sight order, says no one can crush Biafra

Comrade Uchenna Madu (in black) leading other members of MASSOB duinrg a rally

Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has described President Muhamadu Buhari’s directive to the army to shoot unknown gunmen at sight as an exhibition of insensitivity and cowardice.

MASSOB, while reacting to the order, stated that deployment of Northern soldiers to carry out the assignment is genocidal, and will bring more disaster to the Nigeria.

Uchenna Madu, Leader of MASSOB further said “President Buhari and his Fulani cabals in their inner sense of reasonings believe that with their kinsmen occupying the military positions of service chiefs including all the most senior military high rank offices/ positions, they will easily crush Biafra, maybe with their intimidating tendencies over Igbo governors, national assembly members, religious/ opinion/political leaders, they still think they can crush Biafra with the mindset of 1967–1970 Biafra Nigeria war.

“Buhari’s military civilian administration is the worst government Nigeria ever experienced, his leadership style of enforcing & imposing Islamic Hausa Fulani agenda on the rest of Nigeria people is tremendously assisting and justifying our struggle for Biafra actualization, Buhari’s stubbornness and Islamic fundamentalism against the Christian Southern, Eastern & Middle Beltan regions have reawakened the consciousness & thought of future survival of the people of this regions.

“MASSOB want Nigerian President Buhari to continue to make similar blind mistakes which always expresses his frustrations. Any king who thinks like Pharaoh of Egypt against the Jews will certainly experience the doom of Pharaoh.

“No man born of a
woman can crush Biafra because God, history and humanity are on our side. The Biafra revolution is indestructible.

“MASSOB wishes to inform President Buhari that deploying his Nigerian military Fulanised soldiers to Biafra land to carry out his shoot at sight order, arresting and detention of non violence Biafra freedom fighters. killings, persecutions, mesmerizations, suppressions and oppressions of Biafrans including clampdown on non-violent and unarmed agitators because of our agitation for self rule only worsens the problem and underscores Nigeria as repressive colonial state.

“President Muhamadu Buhari and his cabals are jittery because of Biafra day anniversary celebration coming up on May 30th. The massive presence of Hausa Fulani soldiers deployed to Biafra land will never stop or frustrate the Biafra day anniversary celebration.

“Biafra agitating groups are not the problem, the Nigerian state as constituted is. Biafra agitation is only a reaction to the many injustices, exclusion, second class citizenship, born to rule philosophy, marginalization and other forms of inequality that characterise the Nigerian state”.

Alleged shun of Southern officers, deployment of Northern commander to S’East not true – Army

Some men of the Nigerian special forces

The Nigerian Army has dismissed cloaks that it ignored Southerners and deployed only Northern commanders to the South East of Nigeria to quell insecurity.

The Army, in a Press Statement sighed by its Director of Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, it descieber the report from Sahara Reporters as one full of errors and ignorance on the side of the reporter, arguing that at least, two southerners were in charge in the South West and South East commands.

The Statement reads “The attention of the Nigerian Army (NA) has been drawn to an online publication anchored by SAHARA REPORTERS and cohorts titled “NIGERIAN ARMY SHUNS SOUTHERN OFFICERS, DEPLOY NORTHERN COMMANDERS TO QUELL TENSION IN SOUTH EAST”.

“Ordinarily, the NA would have ignored this illogical narrative by the online media but for the good of members of the public. The NA condemn this report targeted at steering discord and disunity among peace loving Nigerians who have refused to be drawn into supporting the senseless attacks on security apparatus in the South East and South South geopolitical zones of the country. The NA being a national body does not promote or post its personnel along ethnic or religious lines. Postings in the NA are routine exercises and are based on professional competences not as portrayed by the baseless publication. For the records, let be clear in everyone’s mind that the NA does not train, deploy or operate along ethnic, religious, tribal or regional divides. Senior officers are posted to command units based on their capability and competence taking into consideration their posting history.

“Furthermore, Officers are the most frequently posted personnel of the NA. However, because of the bias and seed of discord that the author of the report wanted to sow, it did not allow him to do a thorough background check of his report. Part of the poorly scripted article states that NA’s deployment is based on ethical line. This is one of the dumbest opinions of the writer. To put the record straight, while it is true that the General Officer Commanding 82 Division Enugu, Major General Taoreed Lagbaja is from South West, the Commander 34 Brigade Owerri Brigadier General Raymond Utsaha is from the North Central. Major General Gold Chibuisi is of the South East extraction and is also the General Officer Commanding 2 Division Ibadan which is the largest in number of states under command including 4 Brigade in Edo State. Equally, Brigadier General Farouk Mijinyawa was never the Commander of 16 Brigade as misrepresented by the writer. It is therefore clear that the concocted story lacks everything in terms of credibility and exists only in the pigment of the author’s imagination.

“The NA urge the general public to know that in the past months, several subversive elements have attempted to discredit the formidable security network in the South East and the NA in line with her constitutional roles of aiding the civil authority deployed officers and men to checkmate the activities of these bad elements who are bent on wrecking havoc in the region. The amateurish article presented in a self-styled fictitious movie like scenario devoid of even the basic rudiments of a news report is simply unacceptable.

“The uncoordinated and poorly written article exposes the real intent albeit the very low IQ of the author and that speaks volumes on the motive of the publisher.

“Furthermore, the NA would like to request all peace loving Nigerians to disregard the content of the said article in its entirety as it lacks common logic. The NA under the able leadership of the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru remains committed to the defence of the territorial integrity of Nigeria as well as protecting lives and properties of all citizens and residents in Nigeria. The NA further solicits for the continuous support of all patriotic Nigerians in stamping out activities of criminals including subversive and divisive elements for a peaceful and prosperous Nigeria”.

Breaking: Abducted ABSU Student Regains Freedom

The only student of Abia State University (ABSU), Uturu, still left in the custody of a criminal gang which abducted some persons while journeying along the Okigwe-Uturu Road, has been released.

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu made this known this evening via his official Twitter handle@GovernorIkpeazu.

The Governor who thanked God, security agents and management of ABSU for the release of the abducted student, expressed joy at the development and vowed that he will surely take justice to those involved in the kidnap and will not share the State with criminal elements.

His full tweet reads:

“It is with exceedingly great joy and a very pleasant sense of relief that I announce that the only kidnapped ABSU student who was still in custody of the hoodlums that abducted some people few days ago along the Okigwe-Uturu Road has been freed. I spoke with her and …her mother minutes ago and want to thank God, our security agents and the management of ABSU for a job well done leading to this good news.

“Our administration has since taken measures to strengthen security around the area where the incident happened and even beyond it ensure security of lives and property which remains my number one assignment as Governor and it is one duty I will never take lightly. We will surely take justice to those who abducted our student as we will not cohabit this state with criminals.

“To God be the glory!”

Army arrest 3 fake soldiers in Asaba

Men of the Nigerian Army in Delta State have arrested three suspected impersonators who pose as soldiers to intimidate the public and extort money from them.

According to a Press Release signed by the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Captain George Okupe, 63 Brigade Headquarters, Asaba Delta State, the three were arrested at different locations and on different dates.

Below is a copy of the Release:

On Saturday 30 May 20, troops of 63 Brigade, Asaba under Operation CHECKMATE arrested another imposter/fake soldier who was apprehended during a routine patrol.

The suspect Mr Green Ogonna age 25 who hails from Nnewi South LGA of Anambra State was arrested in his residence at Coker Junction in Asaba, Delta State following an intelligence report. During the search, troops found military wears and boots with fake pictures of the suspect hanged on his wall parading himself around town as a Military Officer.

Similarly, on 18 of May 2020, own troops on routine patrol arrested one MRS Joyce Sulieman age 43 years along NPA expressway in Uvwie LGA dressed in complete military camouflage. The suspect claimed to be a soldier and uses that to extort money from locals and also act as escort to vehicles carrying substances suspected to be Indian Hemp and scraps from one place to another. More also, during preliminary investigation, a picture of her in possession of an Ak47 rifle was seen in her mobile phone. However, she was once arrested handed over to the police for similar act in July 2018. However, she has been handed over to the police for the second time for prosecution after interrogation.

More also, It would be recalled that one Mohammad Abdul age 40 years who was once arrested at Anwai road for impersonation and handed over to police for prosecution on 14 April 2020 was re-arrested by own troops on Operation CHECKMATE during routine patrol on 20 May 2020 for impersonating by wearing Army uniform again. The suspect was caught at a mounted road block and extorting money from motorists along road Onitsha-Asaba. The suspect was caught with a fake military identity card, one jack knife with a brown purse containing substance suspected to be Cannabis (Indian Hemp). The suspect was handed over to the police for further interrogation.

The suspect Mr Green Ogonna is presently with the Brigade Military Police for further investigation. After investigation he will be handed over to the police for prosecution after interrogation.

Further more, it is pertinent to state that section 110(1) of the Criminal Code makes it unlawful for any person who is not serving in any of the armed forces in Nigeria to wear the uniform of the armed forces, or any part of the uniform of such forces, or any dress having the appearance or bearing any of the regimental or other distinctive marks of such uniforms. Camouflage is a part of the military uniform and so it falls under this law.

Consequently, the Brigade wishes to call on the general public and law abiding citizens of the state to be wary of such people who parade themselves as military personnel. Locals are advised to report any unusual or suspected presence or movement of impostor/fake soldier to the nearest security agencies.

OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT BUHARI ON INSECURITY: LEST WE ALL DIE

By CHIEF DR. EMEKA CHARLES KALU (ECK)

7th May, 2021

GENERAL MOHAMMADU BUHARI, GCFR
President
Federal Republic of Nigeria
Aso Villa
Abuja.

My greeting to you your Excellency, I hope my letter meets you well and that the contents are taken seriously because the situation in Nigeria has made it expedient that we must speak up now more than ever before due to the crossroad we see ourselves as a nation. It is far from what we bargained for when Nigerians decided to give you a chance to rescue her from the hands of men we termed as “incompetent”.

Foremost, it is paramount that I do not bore you with unnecessary protocols as the urgency of this message requires I go straight to the point since every second I waste in pleasantry is a second one other Nigerian is killed, and every one Nigerian killed, brings us closer to the reality of possible end of Nigeria existence as a nation, this is so worrisome and I seek to bring your attention to them.

Your Excellency, we are made to believe that you are doing great in the fight against insurgency, kidnapping and banditry, this is good to know, but I am lost as to why the more effort you put into fighting this monster, the more we wake up daily with broken hearts and bad news, when we are given assurance of defeat of our collective tormentors, at that point is when we count bodies of our patriots in numbers, the decapitation of our Gallant men and women in the militry. One then wonders if the men close to you are telling you the truth or they are just telling you only what they feel you should know?

It is painful that since you took over helms of affairs of this nation, everything has taken a downturn of backwardness in all aspects of our national lives from politics to economy, to security, to education, industry, etc, everything seems to have ground to a halt under you, yet there don’t seem to be any hope or solution in sight.

Our soldiers are overstretched fighting on all fronts, yet the crises seems to be going farther than their hands can grab, agitation has evolved from peaceful to violent resistance in the East, the Governors that believe in negotiating with bandits in the North has introduced them to new line of lucrative business. But your Excellency, in all these bedeviling our dear nation, “Where are you”, where are you in all these the chaos we face while you are calm and collected.

“When are the Boys going to understand that shutting down discenting voices will not make our problems go away.

MY HUMBLE ADVICE

In as much as you have been overwhelmed my the circumstances confroning our nation, I am of a strong conviction that more options are still available to you,

I. One of the issues that has complicated our security situation is the Northerninzation and Fulanization of every aspect of our National heritage, making other tribes and regions to be sidelined and wanting their own nation to have a fair treatment. It is not yet too late to reassure Nigerians that we own this nation together, bring back the principles of Federal Character.

Ii. Stop making yourself unavailable to your citizens at this point of crises they need you most, when our rivers are crying blood and our soil socked with blood, this is time to show us fatherly love to give us confidence in our nation.

III. It is clear that concentrating Nigeria’s security architecture in the North because you do not trust other region is proving catastrophic, I believe it is time to have a rethink about it. Open up to hiring the best to do the right things for you because only when you remember you are the President of all Nigerians that you will begin to see answers to our numerous questions.

IV. Like every other well meaning Nigeria has always said, this is the time to discuss Nigeria and exploit options to make her work.
Every tribe in Nigeria has lost confidence in the system because it tilts towards favouring a particular tribe at the expense of the rest. This is time to address it to avoid the ticking bomb exploding on our faces. Nigeria is bleeding, only your decision now can save her. I know you will not allow her to bleed out.

Mr President, it has become almost impossible for Nigerians to get to you because every discenting opinion is attacked and workable opinions shut down, I therefore believe that the best and only medium available to us as Nigerians is to approach you through open letters, hence my submissions.

Today I have done my part. It is in your hands to save Nigeria or finally lead her to the rocks as we are presently headed.

God Bless Federal Republic of Nigeria

Long Live President Buhari

Love and Unity, Peace and Progress.

Ebube Agu begins operations in Ebonyi, arrests eight suspected armed robbers


By CHARLES IWUOHA

Operatives of the South East Security Outfit, Ebube Agu, the Ebonyi State Command, have arrested no fewer than eight armed robbery suspects.

The suspects, who reportedly confessed to the crimes, were arrested at their various crime scenes and brought to Old Government House located opposite the headquarters of Ebonyi State Police Command, Abakaliki.

The Commissioner of Internal Security, Border Peace and Conflict Resolutions, Mr. Stanley Emegha Okoro, confirmed the arrest on Friday. He said no day passes without Ebube Agu arresting crime suspects in the state.

Okoro stated that Ebube Agu since its formation has recorded a lot of breakthroughs, controlling crimes and criminality and restoring peace and order in the state.

One of the suspects, Igwe Paulinus, who hails from Ikwo Local Government Area, said: “I have a gun called 1 Npa, so according to what is happening in Ebonyi State, I decided to bring it out and surrender, that I will not do it again. I will not do anything about stealing again and I promise. That’s why I bring the gun out and I promise, Sir.

“Look at the gun, Sir. The reason I bought the gun was for protection and for now I have quit and I promise, I will not do it again. I have involved in two or three robbery at meat market here. I use to rob phones.

“My friend whom I use to follow and rob have entered prison. I have no one again since then. They have been looking for me on the case that made him (friend) to enter prison.

“I decided to quit, thinking of how to join Ebube Agu security network. I was in the town thinking of how to come and join Ebube Agu but because of what I have done, I didn’t know how to approach them and tell them.

“I was at the Vanco Junction when I saw them (Ebube Agu) coming. I didn’t run, I stood and surrendered myself to them,” he said.

Another suspect, Ngele Chiemerie, said: “I’m here because we collected someone phone at Nsukka Street, Abakaliki, in front of my house. I have robbed only two times. Forgive me, Sir, I will not do it again.”

One other suspect who gave his name as Chinweuba and hails from Oriuzor community in Ezza North Local Government Area said: “I was sleeping in my friend shop when Ebube Agu security network came in there and arrested us. They said we have been robbing people.

“Yes, I have been robbing people. I have been involving in crimes. I have been collecting people’s phones in the town.”

The suspects were later handed over to the police for further investigation and possible arraignment in court on Monday.