Operation Amotekun: NLC, Bishops back security outfit


Southwest Governors will meet on Thursday with Inspector-General of Police Sulaiman Adamu to fine-tune the operational plan for the Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN) Operation Amotekun.

Also tomorrow, the Attorneys-General and Commissioners of Justice of Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti states will meet in Ibadan to perfect the bill to give legal backing to Amotekun.

On Tuesday, Catholic bishops in the zone and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) gave their support to the security outfit.

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Operation Amotekun was launched on January 9 to secure the Southwest states but on January 14, Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami declared it illegal.

His action drew the ire of many Nigerians, who criticised him for being legalistic in the face of unabated killings and resurgence of insecurity.

The Catholic bishops chided the Federal Government for its approach to tackling insecurity.

Chairman of the Southwest Governors Forum and Governor of Ondo State, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, announced the meeting with the IG in Abuja on Tuesday after a parley with President Muhammadu Buhari.

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President of the NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, noted that community effort was needed to support the security agencies in addressing Nigeria’s depressing security challenges.

He said Civilian Joint Task Force was already in place in the north east, assisting security agencies in fighting terrorism and other crimes and criminalities in the region.

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Wabba spoke during a meeting of Members of the National Adminstrative Council (NAC) in Abuja.

Catholic Bishops demanded to “see immediate action” from the Federal Government on insecurity.

The bishops, who spoke in Ibadan endorsed Operation Amotekun which they described as a security umbrella for everybody living in the Southwest.

All appears set for the presentation of the bill to the Southwest states’ Houses of Assembly.

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