Operation Amotekun – Police, Army, NSCDC Reject Joint Patrol With OPC, Hunters, Others
Indications emerged on Saturday that the police, army and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have rejected the planned inclusion of members of the Yoruba groups namely the Oodua Peoples Congress, Agbekoyas, hunters and vigilantes into the Western Nigeria Security Outfit codenamed Operation Amotekun (leopard). The operation billed to be inaugurated in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Thursday, was the outcome of a security summit organised by the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) for the region’s six governors last year to tackle the kidnappings, ritual killings and other violent crimes ravaging the region. A security expert who spoke on condition of anonymity said the government security agencies rejected the plan to work together with the ethnic local militias, because they were not trained in security matters. The source, however said the issue had been resolved as the ethnic local militias would be restricted to patrol within their local government areas to gather information for onward sharing with the government security agencies. The source further said the hunters, vigilantes and other ethnic groups knew their areas, they could also monitor herdsmen’s movement into communities or forests. There knowledge will be useful in the operation. The South West Stakeholders Security Group has applauded the move by the governors to inaugurate the joint security taskforceb in the region.
Speaking at a press conference in his Lagos home on Saturday, the group’s Convener and Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, hailed the initiative, saying the group was ready to complement efforts of the governors and the Inspector General of Police in their plan to make the South West safe for the people.