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New South-West Security Network To Be Launched Soon – Gani Adams
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New South-West Security Network To Be Launched Soon – Gani Adams

Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams has stated that a new security outfit that will compliment effort of the Western Nigeria Security Network, Operation Amotekun, and other security agencies in tackling the insecurity ravaging the region would soon be unveiled. Speaking at a press conference in Lagos, he said the new security outfit would involve all security groups, traditional rulers and other stakeholders in the region. He said stakeholders involved would deliberate on the issue in Ibadan Oyo State on March 17. Adams and some members of the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere present at the press briefing also called on the six governors of the region to inject at least 15 per cent of their annual budget into agriculture. Iba Adams, Afenifere spokesman, Yink...
Amotekun Commences Recruitment In Ondo State
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Amotekun Commences Recruitment In Ondo State

The Ondo State Security Network Agency, Operation Amotekun, has announced the commencement of its recruitment. Adetunji Olu-Adeleye, Amotekun Corps Commandant in the state, who made this known on Tuesday in Akure, said the recruitment form would attract no charges. Amotekun is a security outfit based in all the six southwest states aimed at curbing insecurity in the region. Olu-Adeleye advised interested indigenes between ages 18 and 70 years, with minimum qualification of primary school certificate, to apply for employment.
We Plan To Attend Amotekun Public Hearing On Monday – Miyetti Allah
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We Plan To Attend Amotekun Public Hearing On Monday – Miyetti Allah

Ahead of the public hearing on the Amotekun bill slated for Monday across all the states in the South-West, state chapters of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, an umbrella body for herdsmen in the country, have expressed their readiness to attend the hearing. They said it would be an avenue to make their positions known on the issue. The association had expressed its reservations over the setting up of the Western Nigeria Security Network, codenamed Operation Amotekun, claiming that the initiative was aimed at flushing out the Fulani tribe from the South-West. But the South-West Governors’ Forum had in its reaction dismissed the claim as misplaced and unnecessary. In the South-West and some other regions, there had been clashes between herders and farme...
South-West Will Not Accept Amotekun Under Nigeria Police – Kunle Olajide
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South-West Will Not Accept Amotekun Under Nigeria Police – Kunle Olajide

Kemi Olaitan holds a conversation with Dr. Kunle Olajide, the Secretary General of Yoruba Council of Elders, on South-west regional security outfit, Operation Amotekun and the performance of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari South-west governors and the Federal Government seem to have reached an agreement on the Western Nigeria Security Network, Operation Amotekun. Do you think this is the best way to go? There is nothing wrong in having an agreement. For now, the terms of the agreement have not been made known. Beyond what we all read in the media, we have not seen the details of the agreement. But whatever the agreement is, the Yoruba people would not accept that the security outfit be subsumed under the community policing system but that the two work together. ...
Community Policing To Be Infused Into Amotekun – IGP Adamu
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Community Policing To Be Infused Into Amotekun – IGP Adamu

The Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, has said the community policing arrangement of the Federal Government would be integrated into the Southwest Regional Security Operation code-named Operation Amotekun. The IG disclosed this at a security meeting on community policing with the Southwest Governors’ Forum in Lagos on Thursday. Adamu said, “This is the second meeting we have held with the governors of the Southwest region concerning the creation of Operation Amotekun. The just-concluded meeting discussed and fine-tuned Amotekun. “Every state has one form of security arrangement, whether it is vigilante or neighborhood watch that is working with security agencies in the states to fight crime. Amotekun is not different from these initiatives. We have agreed that the c...
Ogun State Government Approves Operation Amotekun Bill
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Ogun State Government Approves Operation Amotekun Bill

The Ogun state government has approved the creation of the Southwest security outfit code-named “Operation Amotekun”. The approval was given at the State Executive Council meeting which held at the Executive Chamber of the Governor’s office, Oke Mosan secretariat, Abeokuta on Tuesday February 11th, after an extensive deliberation that lasted close 10 hours and presided over by the state governor, Governor Dapo Abiodun. Addressing journalists at the end of the Executive Council meeting, the commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of the State, Adegbolahan Adeniran, said the presentation of the bill before the state council followed the earlier approval by the Attorney Generals and Commissioner of Justice of the six Southwest states. Adeniran assured that the State Amoteku...
Amotekun: South West Governors To Sign Bill For Legal Backing On February 14
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Amotekun: South West Governors To Sign Bill For Legal Backing On February 14

Ekiti Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi on Monday said the bill seeking legal backing for the Western Nigeria Security outfit code-named ‘Operation Amotekun’ initiated by the six Governors in the Southwest region would be simultaneously assented to on Friday, February 14. Fayemi, who disclosed this while receiving proposal bill on Amotekun from Ekiti Attorney-General, Olawale Fapohunda, said the bill when enacted will give the security outfits legal strengthen for sustainability. The governor said that the draft bill will be extensively discussed during the State’s Executive Council meeting on Wednesday for immediate transmission to the House of Assembly. He pointed out that Amotekun was conceived by the six governors as a regional response to curb the scourge of kidnapping, banditr...
Amotekun Personnel To Carry Licensed Firearms — South-West Attorney Generals
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Amotekun Personnel To Carry Licensed Firearms — South-West Attorney Generals

DETAILS of operational modalities for the Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Operation Amotekun emerged at the weekend, as it was revealed that operatives of Amotekun will be known as corps and will bear licensed firearms while working. Ekiti State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Olawale Fapohunda, made the revelation while speaking on the outcome of a meeting of the Attorney Generals from the South-West zone held in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Friday. Fapohunda said each of the Commissioners for Justice in the zone agreed at the meeting in Ibadan to insert a clause which empowers the Amotekun Corps to carry only licensed firearms in the bill for an act backing up the initiative. He, however, said arms bearing by Amotekun personnel would be subject to ...
Amotekun: Recruitment Forms Ready Next Week, Says Akeredolu
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Amotekun: Recruitment Forms Ready Next Week, Says Akeredolu

The Ondo State Governor , Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, has said the recruitment forms for the Operation Amotekun outfit will be ready next week. The governor, who spoke through his Special Adviser on Security Matter, Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo, said the recruitment on the operation process had begun. He said, “We are yet to issue out forms and if there is any form that is out now in Ondo State, it is illegal, we have drafted the forms but we have not issued them out. “The forms would be out next week. What we want to do is to first recruit. after the recruitment, we will issue out the forms. “All the traditional rulers and community leaders in the state would be made to sign as guarantors of whoever we want to recruit in their communities.” Meanwhile, the Convener of Re-elect Buhari Mo...
How We Foiled Attempts To Bomb Lagos, By Fashola
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How We Foiled Attempts To Bomb Lagos, By Fashola

Minister for Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola on Thursday narrated how attempt by terrorists to bomb Lagos State in 2013 was foiled. Fashola who was governor of the state at the time said they intercepted 17 suitcases loaded with explosives which were smuggled in to wreak havoc. He disclosed this while delivering a lecture titled “Insecurity: Taking actions against organised crime” at the fourth annual public lecture of the United Action for Change (UAC) held in Lagos. Noting that security was not the job of law enforcement agencies alone, Fashola said the suitcases were discovered with the help of citizen information. “It is when information is offered that law enforcement must act to check, recheck and verify. So, when 17 suitcases loaded with explosives were brought i...
Insecurity: Kwara Must Be Part Of Operation Amotekun – Lai Mohammed
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Insecurity: Kwara Must Be Part Of Operation Amotekun – Lai Mohammed

The spate of insecurity in the country has raised concerns among Nigerians in the last few years. Events in the last few months have particularly had regional forces against one another with ethnic groups across the country making case for their various regions. Most discussed in the media space in the last month is the initiative by Southwest Governors' Forum to curb the menace of insecurity that has befallen their people. The alarming rate of insecurity gave birth to "Operation Amotekun", a security outfit put up by the Governors of the southwestern states to curtail the rise in killings in the southwest that has gained popular support by the person of the region. It is against this backdrop that the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed while speaking in an ...
Community Policing: FG Constables Won’t Get Salary, It’s Voluntary – Police
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Community Policing: FG Constables Won’t Get Salary, It’s Voluntary – Police

The Federal Government had on January 23 directed the police hierarchy to commence the recruitment of special constables nationwide preparatory to the implementation of its community policing policy. The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, in a wireless message directed state police commands to set up screening committees for the recruitment of community policing constables. The IG ordered all state commissioners of police, assistant commissioners of police and divisional police officers to liaise with traditional rulers and community leaders in their domains to screen volunteers who would be engaged after passing the screening tests. The Federal Government plan came on the heels of the South-West states’ launching of a security outfit, Operation Amotekun, to address ince...
Akerodolu To Meet Buhari On Amotekun Today
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Akerodolu To Meet Buhari On Amotekun Today

The Chairman of the South-West Governors Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, will meet with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd,), to discuss the details of the Operation Amotekun security initiative being championed by South-West Governors. A reliable presidency source on Monday said the governor had secured an appointment to meet with the President to explain the issue to him. The source said, “The governor has an appointment to meet with Mr President on the Amotekun issue tomorrow (Tuesday).” However, the Ondo State Commissioner for Information, Mr Donald Ojogo, said, “I am hearing this from you. I just left a meeting with my governor and there was nothing like that. So, I don’t know where this is coming from.” Recall that the Ondo State governor, had on Friday, Janua...
Amotekun Targeted At Fulani Herders — Sarkin Fulani
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Amotekun Targeted At Fulani Herders — Sarkin Fulani

Sarkin Fulani of Oyo State, Alhaji Salihu Kadiri, has declared that the Fulani people in the South West are not in support of the composition of the South West joint security outfit, ‘Operation Amotekun’. Kadiri, who stated this during a chat with journalists at the inauguration of the newly elected Oyo State NUJ Exco held at the Jogor Centre, Ibadan, said with its present composition, Amotekun looked sectional and against Fulani herders. The Seriki Fulani declared that as it was presently constituted, Amotekun was one-sided and set up against the Fulani herders, adding that the security outfit needed to be put in place properly. Kadiri stressed that there was the need for the South West governors to, without wasting time, ensure the inclusion of the Fulani and other ethnic mili...
Amotekun Is A Christian Plot To Dominate Muslims In South-West – Sharia Council
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Amotekun Is A Christian Plot To Dominate Muslims In South-West – Sharia Council

A Muslim group, Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria has described the Western Nigeria Security Outfit tagged “Operation Amotekun” has a subtle effort to Christianise the region. However, the Spokesperson to Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola has described the group as lacking knowledge of the security outfit aimed at curbing kidnapping and banditry in the region. The group had during a press conference addressed by its Vice President, Sheikh Abdur’rasheed Hadiyatullah at the Correspondents’ chapel in Osogbo on Monday said Amotekun is a covert effort to create a Christian dominated state police. According to the Hadiyatullah, Amotekun have a sinister motive which is at variance with true, genuine and real yawning of the public for a more secure environment. “The Amotek...
Amotekun: MURIC Sends Message To Southwest Governors
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Amotekun: MURIC Sends Message To Southwest Governors

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has called on Governors of Southwest States to allow the Operation Amotekun embrace all citizens living in the sub-region. MURIC also advised that the new security organization should not lean towards any religion or target any ethnic group for victimization. The call was made in a statement on Monday issued to DAILY POST by the Director of the human rights organization, Prof. Ishaq Akintola. This was sequel to the resolution of the governors of the South West to give a legal backing to the Amotekun security outfit. The statement added, “No homo sapien compos mentis living in Yorubaland will oppose the setting up of a security outfit to complement the existing security agencies on ground (the army, police, NNDC, DSS, etc). “We all want l...
Igbo Political Leaders Haven’t Learnt Any Lesson From Civil War – Junaid Mohammed
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Igbo Political Leaders Haven’t Learnt Any Lesson From Civil War – Junaid Mohammed

Junaid Mohammed, elder statesman and Second Republic House of Representatives member in this interview with TEMIDAYO AKINSUYI, speaks on latest developments in the polity especially the recent Supreme Court rulings, lessons from Nigerian Civil war and other issues. Excerpts: The Federal Government and the six governors of South West states last week agreed to formalise the South West Security Network, Operation Amotekun. What is your perspective on this? In politics, there is always the possibility of give and take. If there is mutual understanding among political actors, the sooner they come together, understand and address the concerns of what is agitating their minds, the better. This meeting between the governors and the Vice- President should have come much earlier before th...
Amotekun Proposed Law: Wale Fapohunda Says Personnel Will Have Powers To Arrest
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Amotekun Proposed Law: Wale Fapohunda Says Personnel Will Have Powers To Arrest

Lagos, Ogun and Ekiti states are leading the drafting of model bills on the South-West security outfit, Operation Amotekun The Ekiti State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Wale Fapohunda, who gave this indication in an interview with one of our correspondents on Sunday, also said operatives of Amotekun, would have the power to arrest suspected criminals. Fapohunda said this just as indications emerged on Sunday that the South-West attorneys general would on February 6 meet to harmonise positions of different states on the proposed Operation Amotekun bills. The Federal Government and the South-West governors had, at a meeting in Abuja on Thursday, resolved their differences on Operation Amotekun, which was launched in Ibadan on January 9 to address killings and kidnap...
FG Orders The Recruitment Of Constables For Community Policing
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FG Orders The Recruitment Of Constables For Community Policing

The Federal Government has directed the police hierarchy to commence the recruitment of special constables nationwide preparatory to the implementation of its community policing policy. The directive on community policing is coming as the Western Nigeria Security Network, codenamed Operation Amotekun, an initiative of the six South-West governors, is gaining momentum. The governors had set up Amotekun to complement the efforts of the police in tackling insecurity in the region. The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, who reportedly described it as “illegal” has since said he was misquoted. The opposition to the takeoff of the security outfit appears to have been cleared after the South-West governors met with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, the Inspector-Gen...
Northern Groups Back Amotekun, Demand ‘Operation Shege Ka Fasa’
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Northern Groups Back Amotekun, Demand ‘Operation Shege Ka Fasa’

The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) is canvassing the establishment of Operation Shege ka Fasa in the North in response to the Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Operation Amotekun. ‘Shege ka Fasa’ means I dare you. The coalition, which was the brain behind the 2018 quit notice to the Igbo living in the North,said yesterday that the North is even more genuinely entitled to be angry in view of the current high level of security challenge in that part of the country. It cited the incessant attacks on and killings of innocent citizens by gunmen,abductions, destruction of communities and terrorism. Spokesman for the group, Abdulazeez Suleiman,said in a statement in Kaduna that the North has persevered in a dangerous security environment fuelled by outside interests that th...
‘Amotekun Will Promote South-West, South-East, South-South Secession Plan’ – Yakasai
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‘Amotekun Will Promote South-West, South-East, South-South Secession Plan’ – Yakasai

Elder Statesman, Tanko Yakasai, has said that the Southwest security network, code-named, ‘Operation Amotekun’, is a private army in the making. The founding member of Arewa Consultative Forum, in this interview with VINCENT KALU, urged the Yoruba to drop the security outfit and embrace the federal government’s initiative on national security. He warned that the idea is capable of encouraging the secession agenda of some elements in the Southwest, Southeast and South- South geo-political areas of the country. He equally warned Amotekun operatives and those promoting them not to dare the nation’s security forces Fifty years after the civil war, are you satisfied with the level of unity that has been achieved so far? No, exactly, no. I believe we have made progress, but we are not t...
Amotekun: Akeredolu Says South West Governors Will Meet Buhari Soon
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Amotekun: Akeredolu Says South West Governors Will Meet Buhari Soon

The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akerodolu (SAN), on Friday, said governors of the South-West will soon hold a meeting with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), over the “Operation Amotekun” security initiative. Akerodolu, who is also the Chairman of the South-West Governors Forum, said this while speaking to journalists in Abuja, on Friday. He explained that the meeting which was earlier scheduled had to be postponed because the president had to travel for official engagements in the United Kingdom. The governor said, “We will discuss with him when we have the opportunity. I can tell you our letter was to see the President, that we wanted to see him and discuss with him but he said he was going to be in England because of time, why don’t we meet with the Vice...
Amotekun: Malami Denies Outlawing Security Outfit, Claims Misinterpretation
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Amotekun: Malami Denies Outlawing Security Outfit, Claims Misinterpretation

Abubakr Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation, on Thursday, denounced his earlier stance against the establishment of the Western Nigeria Security Outfit code-named Operation Amotekun which he had declared illegal. Malami whose condemnation whose anti-Amotekun remark had stirred up more knocks than nods on social media, has, however, claimed to have been misinterpreted by the governors of the six southwestern states and their sympathisers across the federation. Malami made a U-turn on his anti-Amotekun stance while addressing responding to a question during a chat on Radio Nigeria Abuja on Thursday morning where he explained: “I was misinterpreted on Operation Amotekun, I did not say it’s Illegal”. “I said the Operation Amotekun should be properly back by law, so if ...
Amotekun Comment: South-West Governors Back Tinubu
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Amotekun Comment: South-West Governors Back Tinubu

South -West governors and the apex Yoruba socio -political group, Afenifere, on Wednesday differed on the All Progressives Congress leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu ’ s position on the Western Nigerian Security Network, Operation Amotekun . The governors commended the former Lagos State governor and promised to look into the issues he raised , but Afenifere hit Tinubu hard , saying his statement lacked substance . After almost three weeks of silence on the launching of Amotekun, Tinubu on Wednesday made his position known on the security outfit, which was launched by the South- West governors in Ibadan on January 9. Afenifere chieftains , Chief Ayo Adebanjo and Senator Femi Okurounmu , had , in a report published by Sunday PUNCH on January 19, challenged Tinubu to speak on the security o...
Amotekun: Afenifere Accuses Tinubu Of Doublespeak
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Amotekun: Afenifere Accuses Tinubu Of Doublespeak

Yoruba leaders and other stakeholders from the southwest yesterday flayed the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Ahmed Bola Tinubu, over his comments on the region’s recently launched security outfit, Operation Amotekun. They accused him of speaking “from both sides of his mouth.” Tinubu yesterday, who broke his silence on the establishment of the outfit, declared support for it and described it as a laudable initiative. Tinubu in a statement he personally signed, titled, “The Public Discourse Over Amotekun”, called for dialogue in resolving the controversy over the initiative, saying the governors goofed by not carrying the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation along. He said the failure to involve the AGF was an unfortunate omission by the southwest gover...
Amotekun: Internal Collaborators Aiding Miyetti Allah To Oppose It – Akeredolu
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Amotekun: Internal Collaborators Aiding Miyetti Allah To Oppose It – Akeredolu

The Governor of Ondo State, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, on Tuesday, alleged that some Yoruba leaders in the South-West were behind the Miyetti Allah in opposing the newly launched Operation Amotekun in the region. The Secretary of the Miyetti Allah, Saleh Alhassan, had on Channels Television, on Tuesday, criticised the South-West governors on the creation of Operation Amotekun. Akeredolu, who is the Chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum, said he would not blame the Miyetti Allah’s secretary but the people in the region, who were allegedly colluding with the Miyetti Allah to fight against the South-West security outfit. The governor spoke through his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Ojo Oyewamide. He said, “Rather than throwing same stones the arrogant miscreant t...
Why Supreme Court Judgment On Imo Can’t Be Reviewed – Mike Ozekhome
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Why Supreme Court Judgment On Imo Can’t Be Reviewed – Mike Ozekhome

Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), a constitutional lawyer and human rights activist, in this interview with TEMIDAYO AKINSUYI, speaks on the latest Supreme Court rulings, how to improve the electoral process and the controversy trailing the South-West security outfit, Operation Amotekun, which has been declared illegal by the Federal Government. Excerpts: The Supreme Court on Monday affirmed the election of Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state. As the lawyer to General Jeremiah Useni, the candidate of the PDP, what is your take on that judgment and others granted by the Supreme Court? I must say that I am surprised by the governorship ruling on the Plateau governorship election. We had a very good case but the Supreme Court being the final court of law, once they have finished their judgm...
Soyinka Attack Musa Balarabe Over Comment On Amotekun
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Soyinka Attack Musa Balarabe Over Comment On Amotekun

Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has come down on ex-governor of the old Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, over his comment that the Western Nigeria Security Network code-named Operation Amotekun would lead to the declaration of Oduduwa republic. Balarabe had said during an interview with a national daily (not The PUNCH) that Operation Amotekun would lead to the declaration of Oduduwa Republic. Soyinka said, "Balarabe is sadly but I hope not tragically wrong. I invoke the tragic dimension here because the making of tragedy, especially for nations, often begins when fears are mistaken or promoted as facts, and governments either by themselves, or together with interest groups, are enticed by fears into embarking on precipitate, irrational, and irreversible acts. “Such acts tur...
Police Take Over Amotekun Protest Venue In Lagos
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Police Take Over Amotekun Protest Venue In Lagos

Policemen, on Tuesday, barricaded the venue of the protest against the Federal Government’s position declaring the establishment of Operation Amotekun as illegal. Recall that the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, had in a statement, described the Western Nigeria Security network codenamed ‘Operation Amotekun’ as illegal. The protest, expected to hold at the Gani Fawehinmi Park, was organised by the Yoruba World Congress. It was tagged as “Amotekun Solidarity Walk”. The PUNCH‘s correspondent at the venue of the protest reported that over 20 police vans with armed policemen were present to prevent the group from accessing the park.
I Am Not Bothered If Amotekun Will Cost Me Second Term Ambition – Akeredolu
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I Am Not Bothered If Amotekun Will Cost Me Second Term Ambition – Akeredolu

Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, has said that he is not disturbed over whether ‘Operation Amotekun’ may affect his chances of getting a second term in office. Akeredolu, who is Chairman of South West Governors Forum, said he was only on the path of national cohesion with the collaborative internal security by the formation of Amotekun and not for any political ambition. In a statement by his spokesman, Donald Ojogo, the Ondo State governor said that he will not be discouraged by the de-marketing of the regional security outfit aimed at addressing the daunting security challenges in the South-West. He said, “In the case of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) of Ondo State, it is pertinent to state that he is not perturbed by the possible consequences of leading governors...
Atiku Backs Amotekun, Says Community Policing Will Complement Federal Police
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Atiku Backs Amotekun, Says Community Policing Will Complement Federal Police

Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections has thrown his weight behind Operation Amotekun, saying states have the right to employ different measures to secure the lives of the people. In a statement on Sunday, Atiku, a former Vice President said “As enshrined in the Nigerian constitution, the primary responsibility of government, at any level, is the protection of lives and property of the citizen. In carrying out this function, the state employs different layers of measures to ensure effective and efficient policing. It is without a doubt that in the past decade particularly, the current policing administration in our dear country had been stretched to its limits and it is obvious that the reality of our do...
Amotekun, Ploy By Yoruba Leaders To Create Oduduwa Republic – Balarabe Musa
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Amotekun, Ploy By Yoruba Leaders To Create Oduduwa Republic – Balarabe Musa

A former governor of old Kaduna State, Balarabe Musa, has said that the main reason the leaders and governors of the Southwest region set up the new security outfit, Operation Amotekun was to create Oduduwa Republic. Musa, in an interview with the Sun, warned that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government must not allow the operation of such security network, adding that it falls out of the established laws of the country. He warned that it was a ploy to secure Yoruba land and a prelude to the declaration of Oduduwa Republic. The former Governor further said that some of the security components of the outfit like the OPC have records of recklessness in terms of securing the lives and property of non-Yoruba. “First of all, taking into account what happened in the histor...
Amotekun: South-West Governors’ Intentions Good But Unconstitutional – Minister of Police Affairs
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Amotekun: South-West Governors’ Intentions Good But Unconstitutional – Minister of Police Affairs

The Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi, says the intentions of South-West governors for establishing Amotekun are good but the constitution bestowed the responsibility of national security on the Federal Government. NAN quoted Dingyadi as speaking during an interview with newsmen in Sokoto. The minister, who said the police were doing well in tackling the menace of kidnapping in all forms, enjoined Nigerians to support them in order to ensure maximum success in that regard. Commenting on the South-West security outfit codenamed "Operation Amotekun”, Dingyadi said, "The intentions of the Southwest governors are good. However, some people have expressed fears about the regional security force. ”Security is an exclusive responsibility of the Federal Government b...
Amotekun Will Affect Nigeria’s Unity – Arewa Consultative Forum
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Amotekun Will Affect Nigeria’s Unity – Arewa Consultative Forum

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), northern Nigeria’s foremost socio-cultural group, on Thursday said establishing regional security force such as South West security outfit, ‘Operation Amotekun’, may affect Nigeria’s unity and cohesion. In a statement by Muhammad Ibrahim Biu, its National Publicity Secretary, the body said while it agreed that the military and other security agencies are overstretched owing to security challenges across the country, it is concerned that several tribal organisations set up in the past have been used to harass and intimidate non-indigenes. The statement reads: “The governors of the South-West states recently inaugurated a regional tribal security outfit known as Operation Amotekun with the sole aim of complementing the efforts of the Nigeria poli...
Yorùbá World Congress Press Statement On Operation Amotekun
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Yorùbá World Congress Press Statement On Operation Amotekun

Yoruba World Congress to hold Solidarity Walk Tuesday January 21st ...Says South West Governors Must Not Backdown The Yoruba people within and beyond the shores of Nigeria have been urged to come out in their large numbers on Tuesday 21st January 2020 to stage a protest rally in support of Operation Amotekun, a security network recently established by Governors from Western Nigeria to wage war against the spate of insecurity ravaging the zone. The protest code-named "Amotekun Solidarity Walk" which is being organized by Yoruba World Congress (YWC); an umbrella body of all Yoruba Socio-cultural and Self Determination Groups within and beyond Nigeria will take place in all the South West States capital. The YWC is being led by Yoruba Leader, Emeritus Professor of History and Sec...
South-West Governors Move To Legalise Amotekun
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South-West Governors Move To Legalise Amotekun

Emboldened by the huge support from the people of the South West region in particular and across the states of the country in general, the South West governors have moved fast to give legal backing to the regional security outfit, codenamed Operation Amotekun which they launched on January 9 this year. This is just as the Nigeria military has vowed that it will not allow any individual or group to jeopardize the sovereignty and stability of Nigeria’s territorial integrity. The military told relevant stakeholders to join hands with the armed forces and intelligence agencies to ensure that Nigeria is secured and not to look for other methods likely to negate the national policy and Community Policing approved by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration. Meanwhile, Saturday Van...
Amotekun: Arrest Yoruba Leaders – Miyetti Allah Tells FG
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Amotekun: Arrest Yoruba Leaders – Miyetti Allah Tells FG

National President General of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Bello Abdullahi Bodejo has called on the federal government to arrest Yoruba leaders promoting Operation Amotekun, the Southwest regional security network. In an interview with VINCENT KALU, the leader of the Fulani socio-cultural association emphasized that the aim of setting up the security outfit was to ban Fulani herdsmen from Yorubaland. The Southwest has set up a regional security outfit, Operation Amotekun, what is your view on that? I read it on the internet. However, it would have been a good development, if the national security agencies – the Army, the Police, the DSS, the Civil Defence, etc, were not living up to expectations. Will Amotekun have more security intelligence than these national security orgnisat...
Amotekun: ‘To Hell With Their Presidency’ – Afenifere Blasts Miyetti Allah
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Amotekun: ‘To Hell With Their Presidency’ – Afenifere Blasts Miyetti Allah

The pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, on Thursday, Berated Miyetti Allah over remarks that the South-West may lose the 2023 presidency if it fails to drop its security outfit codenamed: Operation Amotekun, saying the north can go to hell with its presidency. The Miyetti Allah Kaute Hore had described Amotekun as illegal saying it may affect the chances of the region to produce the presidency in 2023. But Afenifere’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, lampooned Miyetti Allah describing the remarks as an insolence. Odumakin said: “Miyetti Allah now owns the Presidency which they can gift to who they want and deny who they choose? What insolence? Cowherders threatening a people that produced the first lawyer in 1879 because a lawyer who doesn’t know t...
Nnamdi Kanu To Support Amotekun With 1 Million IPOB Men
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Nnamdi Kanu To Support Amotekun With 1 Million IPOB Men

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu on Thursday, pledged maximum support to the Operation Amotekun regional security outfit of the South-West geopolitical zone. He said the outfit had come to stay regardless of the federal government stance on it. Recall that Vanguard had earlier reported bow the federal government, through the Attorney general of the Federation, AGF, Abubakar Malami, declared the security outfit illegal, saying it was not backed by any known law in the country. However, on Thursday the IPOB leader in a Live Broadcast, monitored by the Nation, lauded the initiators of the outfit, describing the arrangement as laudable. He assured the readiness of his movement to provide the necessary manpower to the outfit. The statement reads: ...
Amotekun May Deprive Southwest Of 2023 Presidency – Miyetti Allah
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Amotekun May Deprive Southwest Of 2023 Presidency – Miyetti Allah

Herdsmen under the umbrella of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore have warned Southwest governors to withdraw their support for Western Nigeria Security outfit, codenamed ‘Operation Amotekun’, adding that their continued support for Operation Amotekun may hurt the Southwest’s chances of getting the Presidency in 2023. The National Secretary of the group, Alhassan Saleh, said this during an interview with The PUNCH on Wednesday. Saleh said Miyetti Allah was disappointed in the South-West intelligentsia for supporting the outfit. He said, “This Amotekun scheme is political and is not the solution to the problem of insecurity. What the South-West governors should have done is to continue to push for state police. Where did they expect to get the funding from at a time some of them are...
Seyi Makinde Visits Obasanjo, Says AGF Lacks Power To Declare Amotekun Illegal
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Seyi Makinde Visits Obasanjo, Says AGF Lacks Power To Declare Amotekun Illegal

Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, has said the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), lacks the power to declare the South West security outfit, Operation Amotekun, as illegal. Makinde said though the AGF may interpret and advise the President if there are legal issues, he is not empowered to make his own laws. He spoke in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, during his visit to a former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, on Wednesday. The governor was accompanied by his Special Adviser on Security Matters and former Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni; the Chairman, Advisory Council, Senator Hosea Agboola; and former Secretary to the Oyo State Government, Chief Layiwola Olakojo, among other aides. Fielding questions...
Amotekun: Akeredolu Replies Malami, Says Laws Are Not Made In AGF’s Office
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Amotekun: Akeredolu Replies Malami, Says Laws Are Not Made In AGF’s Office

The Chairman of the South-West Governors' Forum and Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has responded to the comments attributed to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, declaring ‘Operation Amotekun’ as an illegal outfit. Mr. Akeredolu in an exclusive interview told Channels Television that it is clear laws are not made in the office of the AGF, but he can interpret the laws and advise the FG on matters relating to the law. “One thing is clear, laws are not made in the office of the Attorney General; he can only interpret the laws and give positions of government on matters relating to the law. “When he comes out with relevant portions of the law on the matter, we will consider it and respond adequately as the law stipulates.” ...
Why Is Amotekun Illegal & Hisbah Legal – South Leaders To Malami
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Why Is Amotekun Illegal & Hisbah Legal – South Leaders To Malami

The Southern and Middle Belt leaders have rejected the directive of Abubakar Malami SAN declaring Operation Amotekun as illegal, describing the statement as an abuse of office. In a statement signed by Yinka Odumakin (South-West); Gen CRU Iherike (South-East); Senator Bassey Henshaw (South-South) and Dr Isuwa Dogo (Middle Belt), the leaders said the right to preserve one’s life cannot be under any exclusive list. “The attention of the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF) has been drawn to the illegal diktat by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami SAN declaring Amotekun, the South-West security (not military or police) outfit illegal. We consider his action as an abuse of office to suppress the rights of federating units to secure themselves and ...
Amotekun: Sagay Blasts Minister Of Justice, Asks Governors To Ignore Him
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Amotekun: Sagay Blasts Minister Of Justice, Asks Governors To Ignore Him

Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) has asked Southwest governors to ignore the directive of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) describing Operation Amotekun as illegal. Speaking with Daily Independent, Sagay said the governors have no business consulting Malami before coming up with the idea of how best to secure their states or region.
FG Declares Operation Amotekun Illegal
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FG Declares Operation Amotekun Illegal

Barely a few days after the inauguration of a security outfit known as Amotekun by South-West states, the Federal Government has declared the paramilitary outfit as illegal as it is not backed by any known law in the land. The Attorney General of the Federation made the feeling of the government known in a statement made available to Vanguard on Tuesday. In the statement signed by the Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Dr Umar Gwandu, the government said the issue of defence and security fell under the exclusive list and not with the state. The statement reads in part: “The setting up of the paramilitary organization called “Amotekun” is illegal and runs contrary to the provisions of the Nigerian l...
Ibrahim Babangida Says Amotekun Not Viable, Advises South-west Governors
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Ibrahim Babangida Says Amotekun Not Viable, Advises South-west Governors

Former military President, Ibrahim Babangida, has shared his view on Operation Amotekun recently launched by the South-West governors, stating that the move is not a viable one. Amotekun was set up by the governors to combat the security menace in the region. He highlighted some of the challenges facing the states and the need for the governors to adopt a more sustainable approach in addressing the security challenges. Speaking on Channels Television Newsnight, Mr. Babaginda the governors should have convinced the Federal Government to put up some part of the revenue for the purpose of curbing insecurity in the region. “It is not viable because they are quarreling with minimum pay, now they create another force that you must equip them, pay them salaries, and give them all ...
N13,500 Pay Threatens Operation Amotekun
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N13,500 Pay Threatens Operation Amotekun

THE newly launched joint security outfit, Western Nigeria Security Network, codenamed Operation Amotekun, was threatened, yesterday, by the Soludero Hunters’ Association, SHA. Members of the hunters’ association rejected the proposed N13,500 monthly payment for personnel of the outfit. The hunters also called on the initiators to organize a parley where all the personnel would meet to identify themselves. But reacting, the Ondo State Government said the six South-West states have not agreed on remuneration for the personnel. This came on a day the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, in Ado Ekiti, threw its weight behind the outfit, saying the South-West governors acted in consonance with the spirit and letters of the 1999 constitution. Hunters reject N13, 500 Speaking through ...
Amotekun: South-West Governors ‘Stole’ Our Security Idea – Ebonyi Government
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Amotekun: South-West Governors ‘Stole’ Our Security Idea – Ebonyi Government

The Ebonyi State Government on Monday said Operation Amotekun security outfit launched in the South-West last week was its brainchild. It said governors in the South-West region ‘stole’ the security idea from it, saying, “When the Governor of Kano State, muted something about this kind of security architecture in the South, recently,” he was referring to the South-East geo-political zone, in particular. According to the State Government, until the launch of Operation Amotekun, last week, governors and leaders of the South-East zone, had had elaborate and far-reaching security meetings on how to curtail insecurity in the region, saying the South-West zone only ‘borrowed’ a leap from its South-East counterpart, in its establishment. The Commissioner for Internal Security and Bor...
Amotekun: FG to Make Position Known Soon, Says Malami
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Amotekun: FG to Make Position Known Soon, Says Malami

Following controversies that have greeted the setting up of Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN), code-named ‘Operation Amotekun’, the federal government said last night it was analysing the development and would make its position known soon. Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, in a terse text message to THISDAY hinted at the fact that the federal government was yet to take a position on the matter. But the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) advised the South-west governors and other drivers of Amotekun to publish the operation manual of the security initiative, a move it said would clarify all grey areas about its constitutionality. Nonetheless, some Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN) declared their support for the security initiative by the ...
Amotekun: IPOB Commends South-West Governors, Blasts Ohanaeze, Others
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Amotekun: IPOB Commends South-West Governors, Blasts Ohanaeze, Others

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on Saturday commended Southwest governors for establishing a security outfit, South West Security Network also known as Operation Amotekun. IPOB said the establishment of Amotekun was a dogged and courageous move to protect people of the South West. Recall that six governors of the region had on Thursday launched the Operation Amotekun in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. However, a statement by IPOB’s spokesperson, Emma Powerful reads: “We the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by our great and indomitable leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu commend South-West governors, elders, stakeholders and politicians for their doggedness and courage to protect their people and their region from the evil hands of Fulani terrorists he...

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