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Amotekun: The Birth of Yoruba Regional Police

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ElevateNews takes a look at the formation of Operation Amotekun as the regional police for the Yoruba nation.

Amotekun is the name of the Yoruba newly formed regional security outfit and it implies leopard.

Since I learnt about this, I have been thinking about the reason behind the relationship; leopard and States police.

Yoruba identifies with names so much that one will need to take a critical look at the formation and operation of Amotekun when it is eventually inaugurated on January nine.

Leopard is one of the dangerous carnivores with camouflage skin but the fact that Leopard family does not move in a group is a source of worry for me.

Leopard is an opportunistic hunter who stays alone at a spot to lay ambush for a stray prey.

Unlike lions that move as a pride to hunt down their preys no matter how big or wild, leopards do not change their spots.

Of course, the governors of the six States that made the Southwest region must have done a great job in actualising one of the dreams of the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria, DAWN, including the naming of the new security outfit, this Amotekun if it must be effective should not operate like a leopard to stem insecurity in the region.

All things being equal, the six Southwest States Governors encompassing, Mr. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Gboyega Oyetola of Osun, Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo, Dr. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, Dapo Abiodun of Ogun and Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos will converge in Gbongan, in Osun State to commission Amotekun next week.

According to a source, each of the six States has contributed 20 vehicles, making 120 and other weapons to kick start the Amotekun operation.

While the operation headquarters will be in Gbongan, a committee to be headed by an Assistant Commissioner of Police will direct the affairs of the regional security outfit from Ibadan, Oyo State.

This does not mean that each State cannot increase its formation capacity in terms of equipment and human capacity, the 120 vehicles are for the central outfit.

But my question is about the personnel that will form the core of the Amotekun. This includes members of the vigilance group, local hunters, members of the Oodua Peoples Congress and the National Security And Civil Defence Corps.

The mode of operation of these various groups differ in that they are not all trained as leopards.

The vigilance group operate more like a leopard in that they do not move as a group but stay around to monitor what is happening.

Hunters move individually and also in groups, depending on what they are hunting while the members of Oodua Peoples Congress work as a cult.

Only the civil defence corps had got a formal training among the joint task force that will begin operation in Yoruba region in a week time.

No doubt, this is a laudable idea, which other regions will emulate shortly but the Southwest government must be very careful that Amotekun does not begin on a wrong footing.

This may be devastating as it will not be able to solve the problem of kidnapping, herdsmen invasion and banditry that are the primary motives of creating it.

It will be recalled that OPC’s primary agenda of protecting the Yoruba interest somehow changed at a time due to the absorption of bad elements into the group.

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