Amotekun: IGP, Southwest Governors Unite On Operation

 Amotekun:  IGP, Southwest Governors Unite On Operation

Police Inspector-General Mohammed Adamu and Southwest governors have agreed on modalities of operation was the regional security outfit code named Amotekun.

The modalities were established when the Inspector-General and six Southwest governors met in Lagos on Thursday on the operations of the security outfit.

The decision on Operation Amotekun by the IG and Southwest governors was announced after the meeting at the Lagos State House, Alausa, Ikeja.

Governors present at  meeting were Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos) and Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo State), who is the  Chairman of the Southwest Governors’ Forum.

Deputy Governors present were  Rauf Olaniyan (Oyo); Mrs. Noimot Salako-Oyedele (Ogun); Benedict Alabi (Osun) and Chief Bisi Egbeyemi (Ekiti)  who all represented their governors.

Akeredolu and IG Adamu  who briefed reporters at the end of the meeting stated that both Operation Amatekun as a community policing strategy will not be a regional outfit, but state-based.

Other stakeholders at the meeting were commissioners of Police, attorneys-general and commissioners for justice from the six states, representatives of other security agencies, monarchs, and representatives of Community Development Committees (CDCs).

The Operation Amotekun bill had successfully scaled second reading in the Houses of Assembly in Ondo and Oyo states. The draft bill was also ratified in Osogbo by the Osun State Executive Council.

The Ogun State House Assembly confirmed receipt of the draft bill from the executive.

It will be recalled that following the launch of the Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN), codenamed Operation Amotekun on Januray 9 in Ibadan, the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami declared the outfit illegal.

Modalities are currently being agreed on for the outfit to run at a state-base level in Lagos, Oyo, Ondo, Ogun, Osun and Ekiti states.

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