Amotekun Has Come To Stay – Makinde

A file photo of Oyo state Governor, Seyi Makinde.
A file photo of Oyo state Governor, Seyi Makinde.

 

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, on Thursday said community security outfit, Amotekun, will be instrumental in keeping the state safe.

He made the remarks while addressing chairpersons of the 68 Local Government and Local Council Development Areas in the state, at a meeting held inside the House of Chiefs, Secretariat Ibadan, a statement from his spokesman, Taiwo Adisa, said.

The Governor also said Amotekun will not be under the control of the Federal Government.

“We want our people to sleep with their two eyes closed,” Makinde said. “Of course, security is one of the pillars of this administration and we must do everything possible to invest in the security of lives and property. In Okeho the other day, armed robbers went to rob and the community rose against them and apprehended them. They combed the forests and they got them.

“This is why I will continue to say it and I am saying it for the whole world to hear; Amotekun is here to stay with us. And it will not be under the control of the federal establishment. It will be under our control. Security of our people is extremely important, because nothing can take place, as far as we are concerned, in an atmosphere of insecurity,” he said.

Makinde gave marching orders to the caretaker committee chairmen to immediately go back to their domains to set up Security Committees with a view to tackling the security challenges in their localities.

He maintained that the state government would provide all enablements for them to succeed in the task.

“From where we are here, the biggest challenge we have seen so far is in the area of security,” he said. “We are getting close to the ’ember’ months, a period in which some people who have not worked all year and want to have a Merry Christmas, commit all sorts of crimes.

“So, we expect that there will be a spike in criminal activities. I want to, as a matter of urgency, urge you that you all go back to your areas to set up your Security Committees. It must be done almost immediately. And I will be happy to release funds; to give approval for you to spend some money on security within your domains.

“Oyo State is very large; in terms of land size, we are more than all the states of South-East Nigeria put together. So, we have a lot to do to protect the state. We have international borders, so there is smuggling taking place. They killed a Customs Official in Saki a few weeks ago; those things are not acceptable to us.

“As the government that is the closest to the people, you have to take control of the challenges of insecurity in your various domains and you should please, once those committees are set up, any enabler that you need, let us know. We will work with the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, to make sure those enablers are provided.”

The meeting was attended by top state government functionaries including the Deputy Governor, Engr. Rauf Olaniyan; chairman, State Advisory Committee, Senator Hosea Agboola; the Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Olawale Mogbonjubola, the Commissioner for Local Government, Chief Lawal and the Special Adviser on Strategy and Political Affairs, Hon. Babatunde Oduyoye, among others.

Ondo Govt Inaugurates Amotekun Corps

 

Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has inaugurated the pioneer officers of Ondo State Security network Agency Amotekun Corps.

Akeredolu while inaugurating the corps in Akure, the state capital expressed delight with the performance of the pioneer Amotekun Corps officers who just completed their training.

He urged them to put into good use all they were taught during training to ensure the security of life and property in the state.

While soliciting for more funding from the Federal Government to equip the police, governor Akeredolu said that the Amotekun Corps is designed to support the existing security framework in the state.

The Governor stressed that with a workable synergy among the leadership of the security agencies and that of Amotekun, a water-tight strategy capable of arresting crimes even before they occur would be deployed.

Governor Akeredolu also used the occasion to flag off some vehicles, motorcycles, and other communication gadgets to ensure the officers discharge their duties effectively.

Earlier, the Commander of Ondo State Amotekun Corps, Ade Adeleye commended Governor Akeredolu for a dream come true.

He described Amotekun Corps as a child of necessity born out of the need to explore other means of securing communities.

The ceremony was well attended by various stakeholders across the state; from the government to traditional and religious institutions.

Ondo is the latest Southwestern state in Nigeria to inaugurate its own command of the Amotekun Corps.

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Men of the Amotekun Corps show off their gallantry, brandish their guns at the inauguration ceremony in Ondo State.
Members of the Amotekun Corps engage in a match past exercise during the inauguration of the security outfit in Ondo State.
Members of the newly inaugurated Amotekun Corps engage in a match past exercise in Ondo State.

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In this photo, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu is seated next to the Commander of the Amotekun Corps in Ondo State, at the inauguration of the security outfit.
Guests at the inauguration of the Amotekun Corps in Ondo State.
Members of the Amotekun Corps mount a guard of honour at the inauguration of the Ondo State arm of the security outfit.

Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu addresses members of the Amotekun Corps in Ondo State, at the inauguration of the security outfit.

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Commander of the Ondo State Amotekum Corps, Ade Adeleye, addresses guests and men of the security outfit at the inauguration ceremony.

In a bid to tackle the security challenges within the region, governors of the Southwest met and agreed to establish a security outfit that will support the security framework of the region.

The idea initially was met with mixed reactions, while some persons said it was a pleasant gift, others believed Amotekun is a ploy to decentralize the police through the back door.

There were other fears and concerns, most prominent of which was the worry that Amotekun will be used as a manipulating tool in the hands of politicians.

Reacting to the earlier agreement by governors of the Southwest to inaugurate Amotekun, the Federal Government declared the establishment of the security outfit as illegal.

Special Assistant, Media and Public Relations (Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice), Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu in a communique in January 2020, noted that “The setting up of the paramilitary organization called “Amotekun” is illegal and runs contrary to the provisions of the Nigerian law”.

The Federal Government maintained that “the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) has established the Army, Navy, and Airforce, including the Police and other numerous paramilitary organisations for the purpose of the defence of Nigeria”.

Following the FG’s take on the security initiative, governors of the region met with the presidency, and unanimous resolutions were made on the way forward.

Having regard to the need for all hands to be on deck in addressing the security concerns across the country, “it was agreed that the structure of Amotekun should also align with the Community Policing strategy of the Federal Government.

“It was also agreed that necessary legal instruments will be put in place by each of the States to give legal backing to the initiative and address all issues concerning the regulation of the security structure.”

Amotekun: Fayemi Appoints Ekiti Corps Commander, Others

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, gives a speech at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium, Ado Ekiti on October 5, 2019.

 

Governor Kayode Fayemi on Ekiti State has announced the appointment of Brig. General Joe Komolafe (retired) as the Commander of the newly established Amotekun corps.

Fayemi also approved the appointment of Hon Justice Cornelius Akintayo (rtd) as Chairman, Independent Amotekun Complaints Board and the constitution of the State Security Network Agency Governing Board.

This was confirmed in a statement on Sunday by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Yinka Oyebode.

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According to the governor, the board is to be chaired by Mr Akin Aregbesola.

Other members of the board include Dr B.J Akin-Obasola, Mr Joel Idowu Ajayi and Major Fatai Fakorede (retired).

Governor Fayemi added that the appointments take immediate effect.

The bill for the establishment of the state Security Network Agency and Amotekun Corps was signed into law by Governor Fayemi after scaling through the hurdles of legislative processes.

PHOTOS: Makinde Signs Amotekun Bill Clad In Leopard Skin Outfit

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde and other top government officals clad in leopard skin outfit while signing the Amotekun bill in Ibadan, Oyo State capital on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde on Tuesday signed the bill establishing the State Security Network Agency, code-named Operation Amotekun into law.

The governor signed the bill in style as he was clad in a leopard skin outfit.

Also clad in the significant leopard skin outfit were the deputy governor, Rauf Olaniyan; Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Adebo Ogundoyin; and other top government officials.

The bill was signed at the executive council chambers in the Governor’s office in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

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Makinde during the signing said, “history has been made as Oyo State joins other southwest states to have the Àmọ̀tẹ́kùn law in force.”

Leopard is significant in it the logo of the Amotekun security outfit.

The Oyo State House of Assembly had earlier passed the bill establishing the state security network agency.

The Bill was passed last week, after a presentation of the report of the House Committee on Security and Special Duties at the plenary.

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South-South Governors To Establish Regional Security Network

 

Governors of the south-south region have agreed to adopt a security outfit to address the security challenges in the region.

Chairman of the South-South Governors Forum Governor Ifeanyi Okowa disclosed this on Thursday to journalists after a closed-door meeting that lasted nearly three hours.

“We have agreed as a region that there is a need to have a regional security outfit and we have mandated the brace commission to begin to work out the details and brief us at our next meeting which is going to hold in Port Harcourt,” he said.

Highlighting some of the resolutions reached at the meeting, Okowa said on the top of the agenda was the resuscitation of the brace commission which according to him, would help to harmonise policies that would drive the economic cooperation and integration of the region.

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The governor also noted that other issues discussed included asking the Federal Government to deduct the 13 per cent derivation from source before allocation to every state in the federation.

“13% derivation must first be taken out of the funds that come from the oil economy before the rest of money is shared,” the Delta State governor stated.
“This 13% is supposed to be for the oil-producing states and that has not been the case for a very long time, and we’ve agreed as governors to take up this matter at the appropriate level”.

Another matter that was discussed was how to curtail the spread of the Coronavirus disease.

Health commissioners of the states in the region were urged to meet urgently to design preventive measures to curb the virus.

PHOTOS: Oyo Lawmakers Don Leopard Skin-Like Attires For Amotekun bill

Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Adebo Ogundoyin, during plenary on March 3, 2020.

 

 

A drama played out on Tuesday as lawmakers stormed the legislative chamber of the Oyo State House of Assembly clad in Leopard skin-like attires.

One could easily tell the rationale behind the mode of dressing of the lawmakers which was to pass the Amotekun Bill.

The Speaker of House, Adebo Ogundoyin, was not left out of the scene as the lawmakers attended the plenary in the unusual dress mode with various styles.

The clerk of the House, as well as other staff of the Legislative Chamber, were also seen in their Amotekun outfit.

Amid the hilarious reactions to the development, the lawmakers deliberated and unanimously approved the bill, just like their colleagues in other states in the South West.

Ogundoyin was optimistic that the new bill would help stem the tide of banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery and other criminal acts in Oyo State, and the entire region in general.

Some of the highpoints of the plenary are captured in the pictures below:

VIDEO: We Have Taken Actions To Legalise Amotekun, Says Ogun Speaker

 

The Ogun State House of Assembly has considered and taken necessary legal processes on the South-West Security Network codenamed ‘Amotekun’.

The Speaker of the House, Mr Olakunle Oluomo, disclosed this to Channels Television at his office in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

Oluomo explained that the actions taken by the lawmakers were expected to make Amotekun a legally acceptable security outfit and deliver on its core mandate.

Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Mr Olakunle Oluomo, during an interview with Channels Television in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

 

 

He also gave an update on the journey so far in the legislative procedure for the actualisation of the security outfit.

The speaker, however, sought the support and understanding of residents of the state to ensure the success of the outfit in securing their lives and properties.

Watch the video below:

Ogun Govt Approves Amotekun Bill

 

The Ogun State executive council has approved the proposal for the creation of the Western Nigeria Security Network code-named Amotekun, in the state.

The approval was given at the State Executive Council meeting held at the Executive Chamber of the governor’s office, Oke Mosan secretariat in Abeokuta.

The Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of the State, Adegbolahan Adeniran told journalists at the end of the meeting approval was given after an extensive deliberation that lasted close to 10 hours and presided over by the governor.

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He added that the presentation of the bill before the state council followed the earlier approval by the Attorney Generals and Commissioner of Justice of the six Southwest states.

He said further that the Amotekun Corp in Ogun State will be headed by a state Commandant adding that the bill also allows for collaborative efforts between the six Southwest states.

“We presented the bill for the creation of the Ogun State Security Network Agency or what many call the Amotekun Corp Bill of 2020.

“Today, the Executive Council of Ogun State met and adopted a draft as amended of a bill for a law to establish the Ogun State Security Network Agency. This agency is the agency that will comprise of the Amotekun Corp and this bill will be transmitted to the house of assembly before the end of this week,” he said.

Amotekun was launched by the governors of the Southwestern states in January 2020 but there was a need for legal backing for the outfit to be fully operational.

Regional Security: Ondo Govt Approves ‘Operation Amotekun’ Bill

A file photo of Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.

 

 

The Ondo State government has approved the draft bill for the South-West security outfit code-named “Operation Amotekun”.

The Commissioner for Information and Orientation in the state, Mr Donald Ojogo, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.

He explained that the bill was approved during the State Executive Council meeting which held at the Government House, Alagbaka in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

Ojogo noted that the bill would be transmitted to the Ondo State House of Assembly for legislative scrutiny after which it would be passed into law.

“In an exhaustive session of deliberations, the Council took time to peruse every detail contained in the bill that was presented by the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Kola Olawoye (SAN), and now ready to be transmitted to the State House of Assembly for passage.

“The Draft Bill has six Parts and 44 sections. It is also gratifying to disclose that every apprehension or fears expressed have been adequately looked into.

“This is even as traditional rulers will now have roles to play in the operations of the security outfit pursuant to its passage into law by the State Assembly,” the statement read.

According to the commissioner, the government finds it pertinent to reiterate that the initiative is aimed at complementing the efforts of the nation’s security agencies.

He, therefore, encouraged the people of the state to take advantage of the opportunity to join the efforts towards ensuring a peaceful state.

Ogun Suspends Sale Of Amotekun Recruitment Form

 

The sale of forms for recruitment to individuals interested in joining the Southwest Security Network codenamed Amotekun has been temporarily suspended in Ogun State.

The sale of the form was earlier scheduled to commence on Monday in the state.

Coordinator of the security outfit in Ogun State, Taofeek Olawale said this was as a result of the need to harness modalities and logistics for a hitch-free registration of applicants in the state.

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“The process is still ongoing. We believe in the rule of law and its supremacy. There is currently a synergy between the legislative and judiciary. We are trying to put everything on order. The Federal Government, particularly the Inspector General of Police will still be reached out,” he told Channels Television.

The coordinator warned prospective applicants to beware of fraudulent and unscrupulous people who may want to take advantage of the situation.

He called for the cooperation of prospective applicants noting that a new date for the sale of the form will be announced soon.

The security task force was recently launched by the six South-West governors with the aim of tackling kidnapping, banditry and other crimes in the region.

Northern Group Launches Operation ‘Shege Ka Fasa’ Security Outfit

 

The Coalition of Northern Group on Wednesday unveiled a security outfit code-named Operation ‘Shege Ka Fasa.’

The group which is made up of various socio-political organisations during the launch in Kaduna State said the security outfit is aimed at protecting the lives and property of citizens in the region and will be formally inaugurated in the few weeks.

The logo of the security outfit, which shows an angry lion, was also launched on Wednesday.

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The group has already procured vehicles and trained personnel in preparation for the commencement of operation.

The unveiling of the northern security outfit comes barely a month after the South West Governors launched their regional security outfit codenamed ‘Amotekun.’

Spokesman of the Coalition of Northern Group, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman during the unveiling said the decision to set up the security outfit is due to the increasing cases of banditry, kidnapping, and terrorism in the region.

He also called on the nineteen northern states governors to urgently join the initiative and provide the necessary legal framework for its operation in order to secure the lives of the people.

The spokesman of the group while giving further reason for the establishment of the security outfit said the dwindling economy, rising poverty and crippling security situation in the northern region requires the active involvement of communities that are at the receiving end.

The northern regional security outfit according to the initiators will complement the efforts of the police, the military, the state security services to detect, expose and defeat all criminal machinations and carry out specific and general tasks that would realign the attitude and thinking of the public with the ideals and objectives of the founding fathers of the North.

Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Command of the Nigeria Police, through its spokesman, Yakubu Sabo told Channels Television that it is not aware of the establishment of the security, and was not contacted before it was launched.

Sabo stressed that the police have the list of all approved local vigilante groups in the state and Shege Ka Fasa Outfit is not among the recognised local vigilante groups in Kaduna State.

Amotekun: South-East Govs Write FG On Plan To Establish Security Outfit

PHOTO USED TO DEPICT THE STORY: File photo of President Buhari receiving a presentation from Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi.

 

Governors of the South-East states have concluded plans to establish a security outfit similar to ‘Operation Amotekun’ recently launched by their counterparts in the South West.

Chairman of the South-East Governors Forum and Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, announced this when he hosted the General Officer Commanding 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Lasisi Adegboye, in Abakaliki, the State Capital.

Although the name of the security outfit is yet to be made public, Channels Television gathered that the governors have written to the Federal Government, and also met with military authorities on their plan.

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Governor Umahi explained that there was need for synergy on the security outfit because of the benefits expected from it, especially given the successful implementation of the state’s neighbourhood watch initiative.

The move by the South-East governors comes on the heels of the controversy triggered by the launch of Operation Amotekun, an action the federal government initially kicked against, declaring it unconstitutional.

An agreement has, however, been reached between the Federal Government and the South-West governors on a legal framework for the establishment of the security outfit.