The Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere has told the presidency that the structure of Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed ‘Operation Amotekun’ cannot be determined by the Inspector General of Police.
Amotekun was launched in February this year by state governors in the south West in response to the scourge of killings, kidnappings, banditry and other heinous crimes in the region.
The Presidency through the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu had on Tuesday said the regional security outfit will be run in accordance with the structure defined by the IGP.
Shehu while speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme said, “Whatever name they go by, Amotekun or whatever, will be streamlined and they will be run in accordance with the structure as defined by the Inspector-General of Police. They will be localised, they will be owned by local communities, they will be managed by them.”
However, speaking with Tribune Online via telephone on Tuesday in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital, the Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin said the comments from the presidential aide was misplaced, explaining that the law establishing Amotekun did not arrogate the power to the police hierarchy.
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