- Two retired military generals openly support the Amotekun security network which was recently inaugurated by governors of the southwest region
- Brigadier General Kunle Togun (retd) says the Amotekun initiative is a means of defending the southwest territory from invasion
- Similarly, Olabode George, a retired navy commodore insists the worsening insecurity in the southwest region necessitated the formation of the Amotekun security operation
Some retired military generals have backed the Amotekun security network which was recently inaugurated by governors of the southwest region.
One of them is a former director of military intelligence, Brigadier General Kunle Togun (retd) who told the Tribune on Saturday, January 18, that the Amotekun initiative is a means of defending the southwest territory from invasion.
The retired military officer faulted Abubakar Malami, the attorney general, for declaring Amotekun illegal, questioning why the Malami has not declared security outfits in the north illegal.
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Togun insisted that the Amotekun initiative was necessary to defend people of the region from being attacked by foreign nomads.
Similarly, Olabode George, a retired navy commodore (equivalent to brigadier general in the army) said the worsening insecurity in the southwest region necessitated the formation of the Amotekun security operation.
He said the governors of the zone created the security outfit after observing the deteriorating insecurity situation in the region.
George noted that Amotekun is not a challenge to anybody, noting that only criminals, marauders, and kidnappers felt threatened over the formation of the security outfit.
Meanwhile, the national president-general of Miyetti Allah, Bello Abdullahi Bodejo has called on the federal government to arrest Yoruba leaders promoting Operation Amotekun, the newly created southwest security outfit.
Bodejo who made the statement in an interview with Daily Sun, alleged that the aim of setting up the security outfit by southwest governors was to ban Fulani herdsmen from Yorubaland.
He said security should be left with security organisations, noting there was a sinister reason for the setting up of Amotekun in the southwest region.
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