South-east governors, leaders meet behind closed doors

Governors of five South-east states and other leaders in the region kicked off a closed-door meeting in Enugu State, on Tuesday, July 2.

The governors and leaders arrived at the Enugu State Government House for the meeting.

Governors of Imo (Hope Uzodinma), Ebonyi (Francis Nwifuru), Abia, and Anambra (Charles Soludo) were all received by their Enugu State counterpart, Peter Mbah, the host governor.

Apart from the governors, the Chairperson of Anambra State Traditional Rulers Council and the Obi of Onitsha, Alfred Achebe, is also attending the meeting.

A former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, briefly met with the governors.

The meeting by the South-east governors and leaders commenced shortly after Obasanjo’s departure from the venue.

The reason for Obasanjo’s brief meeting with the governors is not clear as of the time of filing this report.

Like Obasanjo’s visit, the reason for the ongoing meeting by the South-east governors and leaders is also unknown.

However, there are indications that the meeting may have been convened to discuss the growing insecurity in the South-east and the continued detention of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Insecurity in the South-east worsened last week, with multiple attacks and killings by gunmen in the region.

Last Friday, gunmen killed two police operatives in Aba, the commercial hub of Abia State.

The development occurred barely 48 hours after gunmen killed six people in Okigwe Local Government Area of Imo, another South-east state.

The Okigwe killing also happened hours before a separate attack on a police facility in Ivo Local Government Area of Ebonyi, another state in the South-east where five people were confirmed dead.

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