Ebonyi state government has denied setting a vigilante group known as “Bakassi Boys ” to destabilize the activities of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB in the state.
This was made known to journalists in Abakaliki on Monday November 25th, 2019.
There were rumors making round the social media, spearheaded by a group called “The Biafra Restoration Voice TBRV alleging that Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state commissioned the said security group.
According to the write up on Facebook,” Governor David Umahi have just commissioned these group of men called “Bakassi Boys “in Ebonyi, their job and mission is to attack IPOB members and so on”.
The group, TBRV alleged that the inauguration of the group came after a purported meeting with the state government and former Governor of the state in government house.
But while reacting to the alleged statement, commissioner for Internal Security and Boarder Peace, Mr Stanley Okoro Emegha said the state has no other internal security outfit except the Neighborhood watch.
He described the information to be strange and urged the people to disregard the information.
His words, “This is a strange story as 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
“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 is against 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 know 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 of barricades to make sure that if you snatch a car you can’t escape and that all.
“Any other thing called BAKASSI we are not part of it and the state is not part of it. the general public should please disregard that rumour, it is untrue” Mr Okoro said.