- Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, has urged southwest governors to empower Operation Amotekun to fight ritual killings
- The monarch said ritual killings in the region is more deadlier than the recurrent herdsmen attacks
- Oba Akanbi also called on the government to enact a law to specifically deal with ritual killers
Prominent and outspoken Yoruba monarch, Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, says Operation Amotekun's focus should be on checkmating ritual killings.
The monarch in a statement made available via his official Instagram page added that the regional security outfit should also be empowered to fight what he described as "traditional corruption".
He lamented the spate of ritual killings in the region which he said is more deadlier than the recurrent herdsmen attacks.
According to the monarch, politicians should be held responsible for the menace of kidnapping in the region and other parts of the country.
He also lamented that there is no specific legislation specifically enacted to tackle ritual killings.
Oba Akanbi called on the southwest governors to empower Operation Amotekun to prioritise tackling ritual killing while he also called for the enactment of a specific against ritual killers.
Ealier, Legit.ng reported that Governor Kayode Fayemi had explained the rationale behind the establishment of Operation Amotekun.
Fayemi, who governs Ekiti and chairs a forum of Nigerian governors, said Amotekun, which is also called the Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN), is not a form of the regional police.
The governor spoke at the launch of the security body in Ibadan, Oyo state, explaining that the governors were under pressure to secure the lives and property of the people of the region.
In another news report, Fayemi said the formation of Operation Amotekun Initiative is not to secede from Nigeria as being speculated among Nigerians.
He made the statement on Monday, January 27, when he hosted a pan-Yoruba development interest group, the Oodua Progressive Union (OPU) Worldwide, who was led to his office by the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams.
He gave assurance that the southwest geopolitical zone had no plans to secede from the country by the launch of the new security outfit.
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