Newspaper review for Friday, January 17: Amotekun aligns with Buhari's security vision - Fayemi

Newspaper review for Friday, January 17: Amotekun aligns with Buhari's security vision - Fayemi

Since the recent launch of Operation Amotekun, a regional security outfit created by southwest governors, arguments over its constitutionality have been the subject of national debate. This occupies the front page of three major newspapers on Friday, January 17.

In its front page, The Nation reports the reaction of the governor of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi, to the recent declaration by the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, that Amotekun is illegal.

The Ekiti state governor explained that the security outfit is in line with the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari on community policing.

He also explained that the outfit was not created to compete with the conventional security agencies but to complement them.

Fayemi added that the spate of kidnapping and banditry in the southwest was the basis of the creation of Operation Amotekun.

Newspaper review for Friday, January 17: Amotekun aligns with Buhari's security vision - Fayemi
The front page of The Nation newspaper for Friday, January 17
Source: UGC

In its own version of the Operation Amotekun saga, The Punch reports that the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) cautioned the AGF on his position declaring the security illegal.

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The NBA's national publicity secretary, Kunle Edun, advised Malami to partner help the federal government collaborate with the states to help drive security partnership initiative, rather than being too legalistic on the issue.

Edun noted that the federal government is yet to fulfil its promise of creating community policing, adding that the southwest governors had to come up with the initiative to save the lives and properties of the people in the region.

Newspaper review for Friday, January 17: Amotekun aligns with Buhari's security vision - Fayemi
The front page of The Punch newspaper for Friday, January 17
Source: UGC

On its own front page, Vanguard reports the heated reactions that greeted that comment made by the Miyetti Allah’s that the southwest should terminate Operation Amotekun if it does not want to lose the 2023 presidency.

Afenifere, a Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, blasted Miyetti Allah over the comment, saying the north can go to hell with its presidency.

The group's spokesperson, Yinka Odumakin, lampooned the herders’ association, describing its remarks as insolence.

Newspaper review for Friday, January 17: Amotekun aligns with Buhari's security vision - Fayemi
The front page of Vanguard newspaper for Friday, January 17
Source: UGC

Away from the Amotekun debate, The Guardian's front page focused on the Supreme Court's verdict which sacked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s Emeka Ihedioha as the Imo state governor and declared Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the duly elected governor.

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The PDP in its official reaction described the judgement as "highly irrational, unfounded, a provocative product of executive manipulation and a recipe for crisis, which should not be allowed to stand”.

The opposition party also called for the resignation of Tanko Muhammad as the Chief Justice of Nigeria and chairman of the National Judicial Council, claiming that Nigerians have lost confidence in him and the Supreme Court under his leadership.

In the interim, the party wants all the judges that ruled on the Imo governorship election to recuse themselves from the remaining governorship election petitions to be heard by the apex court.

Newspaper review for Friday, January 17: Amotekun aligns with Buhari's security vision - Fayemi
The front page of The Guardian newspaper for Friday, January 17
Source: UGC

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ThisDay newspaper's front page focused on the media company's awards for the decade. Prominent winners on the awards list are President Muhammadu Buhari, Aliko Dangote, the chairman of Dangote Group, Babatunde Raji Fashola, Peter Obi, and so on.

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Newspaper review for Friday, January 17: Amotekun aligns with Buhari's security vision - Fayemi
The front page of ThisDay newspaper for Friday, January 17
Source: UGC

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