The approval for the Southwest security outfit code-named “Operation Amotekun” was on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, approved by the Ogun State Government.
The approval took effect at the State Executive Council meeting held at the Executive Chamber of the Governor’s office, Oke Mosan secretariat, Abeokuta.
Amotekun Was Set Up To Annihilate Fulani Herdsmen – Miyetti Allah Alleges
Sadiq Ibrahim Ahmed, an elder statesman of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, in Bauchi state, has expressed doubt over the successful operation of the Western Nigeria Security Network, WNSN, codenamed operation Amotekun.
He said the Nigerian constitution already made provision for regular security with the establishment of the Police saying a regional security outfit like ‘Amotekun’ has no constitutional backing.
The elder statesman who spoke with DAILY POST in a telephone interview on Saturday, February 8, 2020, however, called for the restructuring of the security architecture in the country.
In his words ” Amotekun will not last because it is indigenous, regionalized and lacks constitutional backing, whereas Nigeria is a country governed by the constitution.
The constitution had already made provision for regular security with the establishment of the Nigeria Police Force. A regional security outfit like Amotekun is just a breach of the constitution,” that is why it will not last. It will only bring problems and conflicts,” he said.
He alleged that there is a secret motive behind the establishment of Amotekun which is to cleanse the Fulani tribe in the Southwest.
”There is a motive behind the establishment which is to cleanse our tribe from the south, that’s is the agenda for its establishment. It is the objective of the government to provide security. Any parallel security outfit is unacceptable. I’m very sure Amotekun will not be recognized by law and it will never be legalized.”
Talking about the challenge of insecurity, Ahmed said the solution to insecurity is for the government to be serious.
He noted that there is a need for restructuring the security architecture of the country especially the police force.
” I’m calling for the removal of the service chiefs because they have done nothing. Reform the police, the Nigerian Army and all other security forces in the country. If Amotekun is legalized, it will become a black evil.
The Hizbab security outfit in the north is an umbrella of an Islamic body only meant for Islamic affairs. It should not be compared to Amotekun,” he concluded.
South West House Of Assemblies To Vote On Bill Legalising Amotekun
South-West Houses of Assembly will get and treat the much-awaited Amotekun Bill next week, the attorney general of the Oyo State, Oyewole Oyewo, has said on Friday, February 7, 2020.
He said the attorneys general of the six South-West states had completed work on the draft bill and were set to send it to the legislature for approval.
Oyewo spoke in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, shortly after a meeting of the attorneys general of the South-West states.
Those present at the meeting were the attorneys general of Ondo State, Adekola Olawoye; Osun State, Oluwafemi Akande; Ekiti State, Olawale Fapohunda; and Ogun State, Akingbolahan Adeniran.
Oyewo, who spoke on behalf of the other attorneys-general said, “The carrying of arms is legislated by law and the Amotekun outfit will comply with all the laws of the land. We have an operational manual that will also be passed as part of the legal framework for each of the states.
“We deliberated on the plan to evolve a collaborative security network/agency in the South-West. We have been able to come up with a legal framework to back up the establishment of the security network in each of the states.
“Each of the states will have its own legislation and its own security network outfit that will bear the name Amotekun Corps. There will be a standard operating procedure that will also be in common and there will be an avenue for collaboration between the states.
“The security network will be working in collaboration and as a complementary network with the police and the security agencies and armed forces. We will be depending on our local people because of local intelligence. You can say it is community policing, vigilante but this security system has come to stay.
“The draft bills will proceed to the State Houses of Assembly of each of the states and will be signed into law by the governors of each state. That is where we are now.”
Hattip to The Nation