Amotekun, Now A Legal Formation
ElevateNews takes a look at the law that set up Amotekun.
Though it was supposed to be a regional security outfit by the plan of the Southwest States governors but was forced to operate as State-owned security by legislation, Amotekun has come to stay either way.
This week, Lagos and Oyo States signed the bill that created Amotekun into law, completing the six States, including Osun, Ogun, Ekiti and Ondo.
When it was born, the six States of the Western region came together to name this new baby, Western Nigeria Security Network, “Operation Amotekun”.
The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami raised the alarm over the legality of the security outfit.
He was out to kill Amotekun but those who understand the law better than him quickly shut him up and advised the governors to approach their State house of assembly for proper legislation.
The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu also suggested that the security outfit should be formed at State level instead of regionalising it.
The governors took all the advice, went back to their respective legislative arm and came with a robust law to guide the operation of Amotekun.
Today, there is a law formulated by States but I am very sure that the operation will be regional as the name implies.
Amotekun will lay ambush beyond States boundaries to apprehend criminals and also fence off bandits that have pervaded the nation recently.
Soon the recruitment of Amotekun guards will begin across the six states of the western region. Their mode of operation is one because the law that set it up is similar.
Amotekun will speak only Yoruba language, fight for Yoruba land without breaking Nigeria’s laws. It is a security outfit that does not transcend Yoruba ethnic nationality.
It is necessary now because the Nigeria Police Force has shown that it does not have the capacity to provide effective security.
In so many areas, the security apparatus has been compromised. This explains why Amotekun becomes a child of necessity to fight against kidnapping and indiscriminate invasion of Yorubaland by the marauder herdsmen.
Of course, the security outfit will have its teething problem because the recruitment will take a cult-like structure, it will get better as time goes on.
Many will rush in to be recruited, especially jobless youths who just need some money to feed themselves. Those that will join now will do so not because they want to serve the region but because they need a job, including the one Amotekun could offer.
One can vouch for the integrity and professional acumen of retired soldiers and police officers who will form the core of Amotekun’s leadership.
As requested by the leader of the Oodua People’s Congress, Aare Ona Kakanfo, Iba Gani Adams that his members should be recruited into Amotekun, this is not a bad idea but then they will have to satisfy the necessary conditions.
With rules, there is no doubt that Amotekun will not engage just anybody, including OPC members who may not be ready to obey the law.