The police on Sunday strongly warned the South-West Stakeholders Security Group working with the Western Nigeria Security Outfit codenamed Operation Amotekun (leopard), against any breach of security.
The police commands in Ekiti, Ogun and Ondo states during separate interviews with our correspondents, said they would not tolerate illegal possession of firearms by the members of the group.
They said anybody in possession of illegal weapons would be arrested.
Also, a top police officer, who confided in The PUNCH, said the operatives could only use Dane guns, which do not use cartridges.
The SSSG, comprising the Oodua Peoples Congress, the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, the South-West Hunters Association, the South-West Agbekoya Group, Agbekoya Farmers Society Group, Yoruba Youth Council and the Community Security Awareness Initiative Corps of Nigeria, is led by Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Chief Gani Adams.
Lagos, Osun and Ekiti state governments had, on Friday, said they would recruit about 1,320 operatives from the OPC and other groups for the Operation Amotekun, which was launched by the South-West states on Thursday.
The states, had before the launch, said the OPC and other members of the SSSG, would be used for intelligence gathering.
But Adams, in an interview with The PUNCH on Monday, said the OPC members and others should not be used for intelligence gathering alone.
He said for effectiveness, they should be trained and supervised by the police. “Security is about life and death. The police and other security agents can train them and license their gun use to greatly assist in the operation. They should not detain suspects but hand them over to the police,’’ Adams said.