Amotekun – What is Amotekun?

On the early days of January, the six Southwestern states of Nigeria flagged off a security coalition in Ibadan codenamed Amotekun. Amotekun is a move by the Southwestern governors to protect lives and properties of the Yoruba’s and people living within the geographic regions of the Yoruba land. The states in question includes Ogun, Osun, Oyo, Ondo, Lagos and Ekiti state. The Ekiti state governor Kayode Fayemi in a report stated that Amotekun is not a duplication or replacement of the Nigerian police rather it is a move is to complement them and will equally give Yoruba people confidence that they are being looked after by those they elected into office. Amotekun was born due to large insecurity of lives and property in the Southwestern zone and knowing well that security is the mainstream of any economy. The governors and other leaders of the Southwestern zone deemed it fit to establish a complement of the National police.

Just like any other initiative of this sort, Amotekun has met several criticism across the country since its flag off. Many feared it is an attempt by the Yoruba’s to foster regional polices and their own way to enforce reconstruction. The Attorney General of the Federal (AGF) has described Amotekun as an unlawful movement. In his opinion, Amotekun should not be allowed to live. Quoting the provision of Item 45 of the Second Schedule of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) authorizing the Police and other Federal Government security services established by law to maintain law and order of the 1999 constitution as amended.

The statement of the AGF against Amotekun was met with mixed feelings as many Yoruba elite stands strongly for Amotekun. The governors said pending the time community policing strategy being put together by the Nigerian police come to fruition, it was necessary to give the people confidence boosting strategy. They unanimously agree that security is their primary responsibility as elected elites of the region, therefore, they will do all it takes to protect the lives and properties of her citizens.

Bola Tinubu, former governor of Lagos state and National leader of APC in a statement restated the commitment of Yoruba leaders to stand firm on Amotekun as it has come to stay. He also stated the commitment of Amotekun to complement the National police for onward security in the region.

To the Yorubas, Amotekun has come to stay and will be solidly compliment the National police in intelligence gathering and other operatons. Governor Rotimi Akerodolu of Ondo state said that each of the six states had procured 20 pickup vehicles and 100 units of motorcycles for the operation. He further stated that none of these vehicles would be used for political purpose but strictly for smooth operation of Amotekun.

Among the dignitaries at the flag of the event in Ibadan includes Ooni of ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi as well as Prof. Banji Akintoye, leader of the Yoruba world congress.

what do you think about this initiative, should the souteast follow the trend and lunch their own security outfit sense the easterners are also victims of the killings by the herdsmen whom the Buhari led government have maintained silince on. could this also be an opportunity for the southeast and the south west to form a strong bond against their common enemy (Fulani Herdsmen Terrorist group)


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