The security network codenamed ‘Amotekun’, which the six states in the South-West initiated to curb crime in the region, is yet to fully take-off seven months after the states’ Houses of Assembly separately passed bills to enable its operation.
Akelicious reports that cases of armed robbery and kidnapping are on the increase in some of the states, with residents calling on their leaders to ensure the commencement of surveillance by operative of Amotekun in the region.
Governors of Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Ondo, Oyo and Ekiti – and the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission, a technocratic institution established and dedicated to the sustainable development of the South-West region, have attributed the slow take-off to the rage of the coronavirus pandemic in the country and its effects on governance.
But just as it seemed the governors were individually readying to give the respective State Security Network Agency Act that gave Amotekun a practical vent, a jolt came from the Aso Rock Villa when presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu disclosed that Amotekun’s operation would be subsumed under the federal government’s Community Policing strategy and run in accordance with the structure defined by the Inspector-General of Police.
Shehu’s statement immediately attracted flaks from stakeholders in the region, with the governors, the Yoruba World Congress (YWC), which is the umbrella organisation of Yoruba nationals, and Afenifere, another gathering of Yoruba elders, rejecting it outright.
Akelicious reports that Ogun, Osun, Ondo, Oyo and Ekiti states’ Houses had passed their respective Amotekun bill in March this year, with the Lagos House amending the State Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency (amendment) Bill, 2019 in May, to incorporate the Amotekun structure.