The Federal High Court in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, on Tuesday disbanded the South-East security outfit, commonly called Ebubeagu.
TOP MEDIA reports that the court said the disbandment of Ebubeagu was due to human rights abuses, extortions, illegal arrests and use of firearms.
Ebubeagu was set up in 2021 by governors of the five states in the South-east to help in the fight against insecurity in the region, which has witnessed deadly attacks linked to the Biafra agitation by the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
But the security outfit has been accused of extrajudicial killings like in the tragic incident in July 2022 where some Imo youths returning from a wedding ceremony were shot dead at a close range.
Ebubeagu operatives were said to be responsible for the killing.
The Amnesty International Nigeria, in its reaction to the July 2022 killing, said it has documented Ebubeagu’s involvement in extrajudicial killings, torture, extortions and other crimes, in responding to the violence in the South-east.