Amotekun: Military, police absent as south-west governors launch security outfit

Amotekun: Military, police absent as south-west governors launch security outfit

- Major security agencies in the country were absent at the launch of Operation Amotekun, a security outfit promoted by south-west region

- Sources from the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Air Force say they were not briefed on the role they would play in the security initiative for the region

- A senior police officer explains that the police had no information about the operation of Amotekun because the force headquarters was yet to brief officers about the security outfit

A report has emerged that major security agencies in the country were absent during the launch of Operation Amotekun, a regional security outfit promoted by the six states in the south-west zone.

The absence of the security agencies raised concerns that Operation Amotekun may have started on a shaky note.

Sources from the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Air Force and the police told This Day that they were not consulted or briefed on the role they would play in the security initiative for the region.

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“Although the programme was touted to be a joint operation that is supposed to involve the military, none of us was consulted or briefed,” a senior official in the Navy said.

Military, Police Absent as South-west Govs Launch Operation Amotekun

Major security agencies say they were not briefed on the role they would in Operation Amoteku. Photo credits: This Day
Source: UGC

Another source from the army said the consent of the chief of defence staff would have to be sought before the military can work with the security outfit.

“I think they are just doing their thing on the political level. But if we are to come into the arrangement, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) will have to give us an official directive," the source said.

Similarly, a senior police officer noted that the police had no information about the operation of Amotekun because the force headquarters was yet to brief officers about the security outfit.

Meanwhile, the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, has cautioned those fighting against the launch of the south-west security outfit, ‘Operation Amotekun’ in Ibadan, Oyo state.

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Speaking with journalists on Wednesday, January 8, just before the inauguration of the outfit on Thursday, Adams said Operation Amotekun will put an end to criminality in the region.

Describing the initiative as a welcome development, Adams said the idea was long overdue and that the Yoruba people are happy with Operation Amotekun.

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