Stella Dimoko Ebonyi State Government Says Amotekun Was His Idea But Was 'Stolen' By South West Govs


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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Ebonyi State Government Says Amotekun Was His Idea But Was 'Stolen' By South West Govs

The Ebonyi State Government on Monday said it was the brainchild of Operation Amotekun security outfit in the South-West that was launched by governors in the region last week.

It said governors in the South-West region ‘stole’ the security idea from it, saying, “When the Governor of Kano State, muted something about this kind of security architecture in the South, recently,” he was referring to the South-East geo-political zone, in particular.

According to the State Government, until the launch of Operation Amotekun, last week, governors and leaders of the South-East zone, had had elaborate and far-reaching security meetings on how to curtail insecurity in the region, saying the South-West zone only ‘borrowed’ a leap from its South-East counterpart, in its establishment.

The Commissioner for Internal Security and Border Peace, Mr Stanley Emegha, stated this in a telephone interview with Punch Newspaper in Abakaliki, on Monday.

Emegha, who disclosed that governors and leaders of the zone, last year, appointed Gen. Obi Umahi, to coordinate the security architecture of the region, added that much was being done to mitigate all forms of insecurity in the land.

According to him, by the end of January, the security efforts and plan of the region would have been made clearer. He added that the creation of the Ministry of Homeland Security, in Abia State, was one of the moves being made by stakeholders, to reduce crimes in the zone.

“The launch of Amotekun in the Southwest is what is already in vogue in Ebonyi State, in particular, and South-East, in general. This is so because traces of insecurity like kidnapping, car- snatching, armed robbery, etc are no longer found in Ebonyi State.

“The actual region the Governor of Kano was talking about for this security initiative, is the South-East, not the Southwest. What they have done is they have just copied what is already in existence in Ebonyi. This kind of security strategy is being put in place and has been made possible by the South-East Security Consultant, Gen. Obi Umahi (retd). But we have been silent about it because we are waiting to launch at the right time.

“Security as a technical endeavour, and that was why many efforts of governors of the zone in this regard, had not been made public. Security is a very serious thing. No dull person can be a criminal. Those who go into criminality are smart and intelligent persons. So we downplay what we do because we don’t want those we are targeting or fighting to cash in on our strategies.

“This is why we don’t disclose some of the things we put in place, in order not to create room for the criminals to strike. Currently, all the happenings in virtual all the Discos in Abakaliki metropolis, are monitored in our server room. Nobody knew when we mounted those cameras and CCTVs.”



  1. Do Umahi have an iota of shame in him? Let me be kind not to say what I had wanted to say. The South Eastern governors are the problems of the Eastern region. They play individual politics for their own interest and not the region as a whole. The south west region comprises of both APC and PDP governors but they came together in union to achieved this idea. What stops the Eastern governors all along?

  2. Just like RUGA, brain child of Uzor Kalu. Shameless idiot.

  3. Umahi should go and park somewhere dusty. Whether he muted the idea or not, serious folks have gone ahead to implement what they deem a serious challenge to the region.

    Let Southwest not dignify the stupid comment by responding

    1. Exactly.
      The southwest went ahead to implement it and its working so far.
      Mr governor,should just shhh it abeg.

  4. Mtcheeeew nonsense and ingredient

  5. Noted... Its your idea but you had a lackadaisical attitude towards bringing it to limelight. It is not too late to start something instead of whining like a baby whose lolly pop was taken from him.

  6. What's this Winnie the Pooh talking about? ?

  7. Some rants are better ignored!!!


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