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Why South-West won’t place Amotekun under police – Gov Akeredolu
Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, The Chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum and Ondo State Governor has affirmed that the South-West internal Security Network, Operation Amotekun, wouldn’t be subject to the Nigeria Police.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu, had earlier stated the structure of the safety company can be outlined by the Inspector-General of Police.
But South-West governors, speaking on Wednesday disputed to the stance on the reasons that the bill establishing the security agency up was passed by the Houses of Assembly of the six states of the South-West and was rightly endorsed into the law by the governors of the states.
Akeredolu, who explained during Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily Programme, stated that the agency couldn’t function under community policing.
Based on him, there was an alliance between the police and the Amotekun corps as a way to protect the lives and property of individuals of the area.
He stated, “A law set up Amotekun and Amotekun operates under its own law and it’s not going to be subsumed under any setup. No, we will work together, it is a collaboration, but not that it will be subsumed; that is not the thinking and that is not going to be acceptable.”
In the same vein, the South East Governor’s forum has proposed to launch a regional security network, Ogbunaigwe, to help check continued loss of life and properties.
The Chairman of the Forum, Governor David Umahi, who spoke months ago said they are waiting for the president to give go-ahead order.