Update On FG’s Declaration Of Amotekun As Illegal
By Jude Chukwuemeka
Dennis Amachree – Ex Assistant Director of the Department of State Services (DSS)
Reactions have continue to trail among the Nigeria’s top leadership as the initiative of the South West Governors-Western Nigeria Security Network code-named Operation Amotekun continue to generate lots of buzz despite the FG pronouncement that the security platform is illegal.
Operation Amotekun which officially launched in Ibadan on 9th January 2020 is said to have been birthed in order “to complement the efforts of the federal government” in beefing up internal security challenges ranging from killings, kidnapping, robbery, banditry among others.
Did the south west governors carry the central government along? They said yes; the center is aware. The governors made reference to section 14 sub.2 of the Nigerian Constitution of 1999, making it known that it is their responsibilities to secure the lives of the citizens.
Sheriff emphasized that the Yoruba World Congress (YWC) said that legal or not, they will move forward with the Operation Amotekun. “This security strategy will not surrender,” they claimed.
Dennis Amachree weighs in on the issue through phone-in session as a guest. He says the the police is not enough and there has never been a time that Nigeria needs a solution like that of the Amotekun. He talks about what other states are doing regarding fighting crime. Some states have been coming up with neighborhood watches. Also, this has led to the cries for state police, whereas the federal government has said the Nigeria police is enough to fight crime and insecurity.
“Amotekun was to be made up of hunters, OPC members, and they are also supposed to work with the police. The outfit at this time is illegal because it is not backed by law. Lagos state for example has a neighborhood watch but that is backed by the National Assembly.”
Is the Operation Amotekun foundation faulty? Sheriff wants to know. Dennis says yes it is. “It is supposed to be a security strategy but I’m not happy that it is being politicized,” Dennis says.
He encourages the governors to approach the state House of Assembly as it applies, to get a legal backing for Operation Amotekun.
Callers-in appear to love the security outfit Amotekun and encourage state governors to either go to court or to the National Assembly to fight for their rights. However, one respondent of the Nigeria Info Facebook page says the following: The only problem I have with the outfit is the name. I eat my tongue trying to pronounce it. Asha or Eagle 🦅 would have been ideal.
Morning Crossfire, anchored solo by Sheriff Quadry also looks at other issues such as the payment plan for Amotekun members which is too low and appears not sustainable at N13.500 per month.
Here are still questions that people in the south-west should still consider:
- Should the FG leave Amotekun alone without interference?
- How about the sovereignty of Nigeria?
- Would Amotekun be a substitute for state police?
- Should Amotekun Solidarity Walk take place in all state capitals in the South West tomorrow Tuesday 21st January?
The Amotekun Solidarity Walk is scheduled for Tuesday January 21st 2020 and it goes as seen below:
Chief Jimoh Olawale Taofeek
Otunba Shade Olukoya: 08098188088.
Princess Tanimowo Okusanya: 08097947674
VENUE: Pansheke Junction, Abeokuta.
Comrade Sunday Asefon: 08067888810.
Comrade Femi Oluwajuyitan: 08062515271.
Pastor Praise Ayodele - 08034437501
VENUE: Fajuyi Roundabout, Ado-Ekiti.
comrade Victor Taiwo: 08126923916.
Princess Oyeronke Akinlolu: 08038043484.
Evang. Kunle Adesokan: 08031141991
VENUE: Opposite Agodi Cenotaph, Government House, Ibadan.
Arc. George Akinola: 08034253639
Chief Solagbade Popoola: 08037200157.
Comrade Olatunde Pedro: 08037716115
Comrade Dotun Hassan: 08033931229
VENUE: Faweyinwimi Fredoom Park, Ojota.
Dr. Akin Adejuwon
Comrade Adekanola Desmond: 08033626318
VENUE: Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, Osogbo.
Comrade Oluyi Tayo Alariwo: 08034562871
Comrade Eric Oluwole: 08060296855
Mr. Tola Ogunlalaka: 08077527848
VENUE: Democracy Park, Opposite Oja-Oba Market, Akure.
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