Allow Members of the Amotekun Corps to Bear Sophisticated Weapons, Makinde tells FG

Allow Members of the Amotekun Corps to Bear Sophisticated Weapons, Makinde tells FG

  • The governor of Oyo state has reached out to the federal government regarding the Amotekun Corps
  • Governor Makinde tells the federal government that the Amotekun Corps needs sophisticated weapons to carry out its duties effectively
  • Makinde added that the Southwest governors had agreed to the call while noting that security operatives cannot face criminals who carry superior weapons with local guns

Oyo state- Governor Seyi Makinde is calling on the federal government to allow the members of the Amotekun Corps to bear sophisticated weapons in order to be more effective in tackling criminals, who go about with AK-47 rifles and other weapons.

The Punch reports that Makinde made this call in his goodwill message at the opening of the 2021 Law Week of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ibadan.

Makinde stated that the Southwest governors had resolved to call on the FG to allow Amotekun to bear arms because it was ridiculous for security agents with locally-made guns to face criminals, who bear superior weapons.

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Makinde to FG: Allow members of the Amotekun Corps to bear sophisticated weapons
Makinde says Amotekun operatives needed more sophisticated weapons to be more effective. Photo credit: Seyi Makinde
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The governor, who was represented at the event by the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof Oyelowo Oyewo (SAN), spoke on the theme for the week, ‘Unity in diversity and sustainable security in Nigeria: Any role for the law?’

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The governor said Amotekun was established based on the advice given to them by the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria, PM News also reported.

He noted that the security outfit has contributed largely to the relative peace being enjoyed in southwestern states.

Makinde said:

“With the recent experience in Oyo State, it has become necessary to call upon the Federal Government to recognise the need to upgrade the capacity of Amotekun in providing security.
“The era of facing criminals bearing AK-47 and X15 with sakabula (Dane gun) and pump action gun in the modern time is a ridiculous error. Therefore, Amotekun must be allowed to play the role that it can provide security, because as of today, the presence of Amotekun in all areas of Oyo State has brought about improved security that is being enjoyed.”

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that a group, Yoruba Youth Indigenous Movement (YYIM) has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo state of propagating a hidden agenda targeted at undermining the operations of the Southwest Security Network, codenamed Amotekun for political gains.

The coordinator of the group, Lawal Adekola in a statement made available to journalists in Akure, the state capital, alleged that the PDP through former governor Olusegun Mimiko has negotiated plans to discredit Amotekun and ensure its operations are weakened.

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He said the harm done to the economy by insecurity and poverty across the country was enormous.


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