Why Are They Scared of “Amotekun”?
ElevateNews takes a look at the fear that surrounds the take off of the operation Amotekun.
Against all odds, the Southwest governors converged in Ibadan, Oyo State to inaugurate the regional security outfit, “Amotekun” Operation on Thursday.
Three governors of Oyo, Seyi Makinde; Ekiti, Kayode Fayemi and Ondo, Rotimi Akeredolu were present at the event.
The Lagos, Osun and Ogun States Governors, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Gboyega Oyetola and Dapo Abiodun respectively were absent from the epoch making event but their Chief Press Secretaries had earlier released statements supporting the idea.
Also present at the inauguration was the Ooni of Ife, the Imperial Majesty, Oba Babatunde Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II of Ile-Ife.
In attendance was the Aare Ona Kakanfo, Iba Gani Adams who was ably represented by the Osi Aare in council, Chief Ganiyu Kayode Balogun who sat comfortably beside the Ooni of Ife.
No fewer than 120 utility patrol vehicles were presented to kick start the operation.
However, a few hours to the inauguration, there was disturbance in the Northern part of the country that Amotekun was an alternative soldiers to fight Yoruba course and it should not be allowed to fly.
A group of concerned northerners said that the formation and operation would threaten the peace and unity of the country.
The Ekiti State Governor, Fayemi who is also the chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum had to meet with the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu to clear some grey areas of the Amotekun’s mode of operation.
Before now, just after the security summit by the Yoruba nation last year where the idea of Amotekun was born, the IGP had pledged the support of the police.
But on Tuesday, two days to the inauguration, the Ogun State Commissioner of Police developed cold feet, stating that the police would not work with the OPC members that formed the core of Amotekun.
But he was cut to size by Aare Adams who educated him of disrespecting the office of the IGP by issuing a counter statement on Amotekun.
Adams said that OPC had involved in various joint operations with the Nigeria Police and Nigerian Army in the past to curb crime.
He noted the “Badoo” crime in part of Ikorodu about two years ago, which OPC helped to stop by working with the police.
As he put it, about 300 suspects were arrested over the Badoo ritual killings with the help of OPC.
He also mentioned the arrest of hundreds of kidnappers who were using the creeks around Okokomaiko towards Badagry to perpetrate their heinous crime.
“The OPC worked with the Nigerian Army to stop this problem. So, for someone who is just an ordinary DCP trying to discredit the OPC, it is not acceptable.
He explained that the involvement of OPC and other aborigines, such as local hunters and vigilance group would help in collation of intelligence, which would assist the police and soldiers.
To him, what matters for now is that the police should come up with training programs for the OPC and other members of the Amotekun Operation.
The question now is why the fear by the Northern people whom their herdsmen brothers had been the major perpetrators of crime in the tropical rain forest of the Southwest region?
The birth of this regional police should not scare anybody whose purpose is not to breach the peaceful co-existence of the country.