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THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ‘OPERATION AMOTEKUN’

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The Governors of Nigeria’s six southwest states, Ogun, Osun, Oyo, Ekiti, Ondo and Lagos, on Thursday launched the Western Nigerian security network called ‘Operation Amotekun’ in Ibadan the capital of Oyo state.

Those present at the flag off were Governors Seyi Makinde of Oyo, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti and Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo.

Governors Gboyega Oyetola of Osun, Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos and Dapo Abiodun of Ogun cited poor weather conditions as reason for their absence.

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“Even though they are not physically here, I’m sure their spirits are here with us,” Makinde said of the absentee governors.

It has come to our attention that a lot of Nigerians do not know about the Operation Amotekun so this article is necessaruy to throw light into that Darkness.

Amotekun is the Yoruba word for Leopard, hence the logo of the operation features the image of a prancing, angry leopard in full flight; with ‘Zero tolerance to crime’ as the pay-off line.

Actually, Amotekun seeks to work with the police and other state security agencies in the southwest and not act as a substitute them.

The Governor of Ekiti, Fayemi said, “Amotekun is a complement that will give our people confidence that they are being looked after by those they elected into office.

“So, we do not want this to create fear in the mind of anybody as we are not creating a regional police force and are fully aware of the steps we must take to have state police”.

The southwest governors cited rising insecurities such as kidnappings and robbery as major reasons for the birth of Amotekun in the Southern region.

Governor Fayemi explained this saying, “It was in the context of the unfortunate development that we lost the daughter of Pa Reuben Fasanranti, the leader of Afenifere.

”And that further put pressure on us, as leaders in the southwest, to do something about insecurity.

“As elected leaders, our primary responsibility, according to Section 14 (2) of the Nigerian Constitution 1999 as amended, is the security and welfare of citizens.

“That was what informed the governors coming together to fashion out a way to complement the work of the mainstream security agencies overstretched in their efforts to arrest the menace that have afflicted the entire country.”

According to Fayemi, Amotekun has received the blessings and backing of the federal government and the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu.

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, while speaking at the flag off said all the traditional rulers are in support and the federal government is not opposed to it.

The governors also said Operation Amotekun is not an attempt to achieve ‘state police’ through the backdoor.

Amotekun personnel According to the Governors, will be locally sourced, more like your neighborhood police.

Meanwhile, the leader of the Yoruba World Congress, Prof. Banji Akintoye, also added that Amotekun operatives are going to be well trained by professionals and security experts.

“The people that will work in Amotekun are going to be trained properly by highly educated people for them to relate properly with the police and the army,” Akintoye says.

It was revealed during the flag off that each of the the six southwest states has procured 20 trucks and 100 units of motorcycles for a smooth run and effectiveness of the operation Amotekun.

Finally, Amotekun would not be modelled after the Odua Peoples Congress (OPC) security’s mode of operation, as the Amotekun personnel will sport uniforms and won’t rely heavily on charms and machetes on the job.

“They will be professional and courteous on the job and penetrate areas your regular police officers can’t penetrate because we trust that they know the terrain better,” one of the Governors aide said.
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