Everything you need to know about Amotekun.
The Southwest states of Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Oyo, Osun, and Ekiti are ready to launch a region-wide security outfit to complement the federal security system in the region. Code-named Amotekun (Leopard), the sub-national security arrangement is billed for official launch today, after the Standard Operating Practice is given a final nod by the governors of the six states.
The new security outfit is designed as a collaborative project that includes contributions from the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN), members of the national police, Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Agbekoya Group, and members of several other vigilante groups within the region.
The arrangement also includes consultation between the governors and traditional rulers in the southwest. When the Amotekun initiative comes on stream, people living in the region are likely to have good reasons to commend their governors for listening to their cries.
It is significant that Amotekun is taking off at a time the Federal Government is planning to withdraw military personnel deployed to states during the peak of kidnapping and other forms of inter-state criminality in the country.
Even though the President has assured citizens that areas that still seem to be under threats will be given special consideration while soldiers are deployed to other critical assignments, the coming of the Southwest security outfit is timely as it will assist the Federal Government to beef up security in the region.
The decision of Southwest governors to heed the calls of citizens for additional security measures and the governors’ efforts to plan a security arrangement that includes various stakeholders are commendable.