- Personnel of Operation Amotekun will not carry arm, the governor of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi has said
- Fayemi said Operation Amotekun is a compliment to the Nigeria Police and not an alternative
- The governor also appreciated the commendation from residents of the region and Nigerians as a whole on the new initiative
Contrary to many views by some Nigerians, personnel of the newly established Operation Amotekun in the south west region of Nigeria will not carry arms.
The Nation reports that the chairman of the Nigerian Governors' Forum, Kayode Fayemi, said Operation Amotekun is a compliment to the Nigeria Police and not an alternative.
Fayemi who is among the south west governors who championed the initiative assured that personnel of the agency will not bear arms like operatives of the Nigeria Police or Military.
Appreciating the commendation from residents of the region and Nigerians as a whole on the new initiative, Fayemi said the popularity of the Operation Amotekun is beyond his expectation.
He said: "From the way our people have embraced it, the popularity is beyond our belief."
“So, Operation Amotekun is largely an intelligence outfit, they will not bear arms. Those we are engaging have knowledge of the local terrain, the culture and the language of our people which can assist the police and other security agencies," Fayemi said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum has supported the establishment of Operation Amotekun in the south west region.
The leader of the forum, Yerima Shettima, distanced himself from another northern group which had condemned the creation of the initiative by the governors of the region.
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