Operation Amoteku: We Are Not Satisfied With Our Role - OPC
By Olamide Fadoju
Yoruba group, Oodua People Congress(OPC) have expressed dissatisfaction with the information gathering role they have been assigned in the Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN) known as Operation Amotekun.
Spokesperson of the Oodua People’s Congress, Barrister Yinka Oguntimehin, disclosed this in a chat with Sheriff Quadri on Nigeria Info FM 99.3 programme, Morning Crossfire.
WNSN, a brainchild of the South-Western state governors is a regional-security network made up of a Joint Task Force (JTF) to tackle killings, banditry, and kidnapping in the South-Western part of the country and is scheduled to kick off on Thursday, January 9th, 2020.
According to Oguntimehin the OPC has been limited to information gathering to complement the role of the security forces but insists it has a lot more to offer and hopes they will be asked to do more as the operation unfolds.
"We are not satisfied with the information gathering role that our men are being given. but I am sure that as the operation proceeds, our men will be trained and there will be more involvement.
Quizzed about the fate of the OPC if no further roles are added, he maintained that the security of the people is paramount and that will be a determinant of whatever action they take.
"We cannot dictate to the government. our major concern is to ensure the preservation of the lives of our people.
"We are always open to negotiations. In the end, what we are interested in is to ensure that the lives and properties of our people are secured."
Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi in a New Year message to the people of his state revealed that the Western Nigeria Security Network shall commence operations in all the six states in the South-West. Hunters, OPC members, and other groups are expected to be part of the network.