- The Aare-in-Council backs south-west governors for setting up the Amotekun security initiative
- The council says the Amotekun will complement the security architecture of the southwest region
- The decision-making body also dismisses the rumour that Amotekun security outfit is a military wing of the Oodua Peoples Congress
The Aare-in-Council, the highest decision making organ of the 15th Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, has backed south-west governors for setting up the Amotekun security initiative.
The council in a statement issued after its quarterly meeting, on Sunday, January 12, said the outfit will complement the security architecture of the region, and the nation at large, as well as boost the security of lives and property in the land.
It dismissed the rumour that Amotekun security outfit was a military wing of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), but noted that the OPC would continue to lend its rich experience to support any initiative that will help the secure Yorubaland.
The meeting presided over by the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland also announced the appointment of new members of the Aare-in-Council.
Meanwhile, contrary to many views by some Nigerians, personnel of the newly established Operation Amotekun in the southwest 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 southwest 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.
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