Due to the alarming rate of kidnapping and attacks on security agents in the southeast, the governor announced a joint security patrol. Irrespective of ethnic affiliation, the governor assured everybody residing in Igbo land of their safety. He said “We will do everything possible to ensure that all our people are protected; the security agent and all the people from other regions living with us. We have agreed that the Southeast security committee will be expanded, that this year we are going to have a common patrol.”
The governor expressed his sadness on the death of two policemen on the 4th of January, 2021, who were allegedly killed in Imo State, with their riffles taken away. He also said that recently, there was a kidnap case along Enugu and Ebonyi border.
The governor believes that the criminal acts were done by people of the region. He said, “I want the leaders of Southeast to rise above political sentiments to speak out and to condemn this act because should the security people react, the cry will go everywhere.”
The governor discarded the video stating that the herdsmen reside in Ebonyi State and was chased away by their host communities. The video went very viral, causing panic in other parts of the country. The governor regarded this as uncalled for. He called on all leaders of the Southeast to speak against such attitude and against false messages which have negative impact leading to tension among the people and cause harm to natives residing outside the southeast.