Prof. Ben Nwabueze-led Igbo Leaders of Thought yesterday in Enugu demanded the immediate change of the Commissioners of Police in the five states of the South-East. In a statement issued in Enugu and signed by the Deputy Secretary of the body, Evangelist Elliot Uko, the leaders expressed concern that all the Police Commissioners posted to the South-East are Hausa/Fulani.
“Are there no Police Commissioners from the Middle Belt, South-South or South-West that could be posted to the South-East?
“With the shielding of the six Boko Haram bombers arrested at the Owerri church by the Imo State Commissioner of Police, we hereby reject the continual occupation of the South-East by Hausa/ Fulani Muslim Police Commissioners.
“We hereby demand that Police Commissioners Abubakar Adamu Mohamed of Enugu, Usuman Gwari of Anambra, Maigari Dikko of Ebonyi, Abdulmajid Ali of Imo and Adamu Ibrahim of Abia should be immediately juggled and redeployed as we feel uncomfortable with the officers in charge of the South-East as Boko Haram boasts of plans to attack the South.
“We plead with the residents of the South-East and South-South to remain alert and vigilant as the news of the infiltration of the region by Boko Haram seems real. Suspicious individuals and packages must be reported promptly to the relevant security agencies,” the statement said.
The group said its security committee had articulated a security awareness programme, which the South-East Governors’ Forum would work with to secure Igbo land from Boko Haram insurgents.
The statement added that the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe and the Secretary of the group, Prof. Elo Amucheazi, would soon liaise with the South-East governors to fine-tune the South-East security programme.