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Amotekun Suffers First Blow

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ElevateNews takes a look at the factors that may militate against the Southwest security outfit in the future.

There is a need for the government of the six Yoruba Southwest States to collate all necessary factors and interests that can hinder the takeoff of the operation Amotekun before inaugurating it on January 9.

This is germane so that the solution to the problem of insecurity does not become a problem on its own after inauguration.

As good and laudable as the idea of this regional security outfit is, there are forces against it and part of it is coming from the Federal Government.

Unless we are deceiving ourselves, the Miyetti Allah, Cattle Breeder Association of Nigerian, which is the umbrella body of herdsmen is currently feeling threatened by the creation of Amotekun.

The group is of the view that the regional security outfit by the Yoruba nation is targeted at its members who have been labelled as the troublemaker.

The police, Nigerian Army and the Civil Defence, who are the Federal security agents said that they would not work with OPC who is the key member of the Amotekun. Even before its birth, the Federal security apparatus are waiting to kill Amotekun.

A source told our correspondent that the inauguration of Amotekun was delayed until now because it took time to receive the blessing of the Federal government.

However, after the region, comprising Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti States finally agreed to the Federal Government’s terms on Amotekun’s mode of operation, it was set for commissioning this Thursday.

One of the terms is that any suspect apprehended by this joint force will be handed over to the police for prosecution but we all know that this arrangement has failed to help in that some bad elements among the police are alleged to usually abet the suspects.

There are various factions of OPC now with Aare Ona Kakanfo Gani Adams heading the organization. However, since he became the Yoruba generalissimo, Adams had loosened his grip on the OPC, making the members less disciplined.

Perhaps, this is the fear of the police and other security agencies that had indicated their indifference to the formation of the Amotekun.

Police raising objection to work with Amotekun could be a blessing in disguise as it will make the State governments to fortify the formation with better regulations and discipline it requires to function effectively.

The management of Amotekun should prepare for a future problem of intolerance, superiority and inferiority complexes among members of the operation Amotekun. It is not untrue that there is no synergy among the various security agents in the country.

This is adversely affecting the government effort in combating insecurity. Even when the service chiefs are doing all within their capacity to manage the security situation, the rank and file in the soldier and police are hostile to themselves.

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