Amotekun not different from what we have in Kogi state – Yahaya Bello’s aide

The Kogi state government said it would strengthen its own borders to avoid infiltration by external forces especially following the launch of Operation Amotekun in the southwest region.

Special adviser to the state governor on security, Commandant Jerry Omodara (rtd), said the state being at the centre of the country may experience some infiltration by fleeing criminals from the southwest region.

His words: “What the southwest governors are doing now in terms of Amotekun is nothing different from having vigilante groups. It is only the name that is different. Kogi state is well ahead of them in terms of setting up its vigilante.

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“We are also aware that Kogi state may experience an influx of people especially now that Operation Amotekun has taken off. You know Kogi is not only in the centre of the country but also shares borders with nine other states.

“What we plan to do is to strengthen our borders to guide against the influx of criminals who may be running away from these southwest states.

“We are a responsible and responsive government and we are not going to allow external forces destroyed the good work the state governor, Yahaya Bello has put in place in terms of security.”

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Recall that Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong recently disclosed that a similar security outfit to Amotekun for the north will soon be unveiled.

Lalong said this while speaking to Aso Villa correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, January 10.

His Nasarawa state counterpart, Abdullahi Sule, however, suggested that introducing community policing was the first step towards addressing insecurity.

He said to tackle insecurity in Nasarawa, his administration had since introduced community policing to complement the police and other security agencies in combating criminality.

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According to him, all local governments and local communities in the state planned to have one form of vigilance group or another in operation.

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