Some Yoruba teams are protesting the declaration of Amotekun as illegal by the Buhari federal government.
Taking component in the rally are customers of the Yoruba socio-cultural group, the Odua Peoples’ Congress (OPC), Yoruba Entire world Congress (YWC), amid others.
Amotekun is a stability outfit initiative of the South-West Governors, just lately made to help protection agencies in checking criminal offense in the Southwest
The protesters thronged the Gani Fawhinmi park at Ojota in what they tagged “Amotekun Solidarity Walk”.
The protest is slated to acquire area in all the six South-West states comprising Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti.
Ekiti Condition Governor, Kayode Fayemi, recently mentioned that Amotekun was not in conflict with the purpose of the law enforcement.
He dismissed the panic that governors may well use the outfit to combat perceived political opponents.
Fayemi mentioned: “Governors, regardless of whether we like it or not, have a obligation and accountability, which are plainly spelt out in the structure. The protection and welfare of citizens are the quantity one particular task of any governor. You may well outline that in whichever way you want, but that is the quantity one career we have.
“The people in my jurisdiction are expressing ‘we don’t know what you are accomplishing, you are funding the police, you are purchasing automobiles, you are buying security devices, you are even paying out allowances, nevertheless we really do not get more than enough protection.’ There is practically nothing exceptional in what we have completed.
“I am glad with my colleagues in the North-Central. I was reading through in the paper exactly where Governor Simon Lalong was stating, “We haven’t witnessed the details of what they did in the South-West, but I assume this is a thing we are performing on, a equivalent arrangement in our possess area. Amotekun is almost nothing but a self esteem making measure to involve our people in neighborhood policing arrangement.
“Penultimate Friday, Governor Zulum was handing about motor vehicles to navy, police, and the Civilian Joint Endeavor Force (JTF). Make sure you, what is Civilian JTF? I am confident you know what Civilian JTF indicates. Why is Civilian JTF very applicable in the North-East? They know the terrain. They know the lifestyle. They know the folks. They have much better intelligence than even the safety companies.
“This is because these who are responsible for this difficulty are living among them. Customers of Boko Haram are not from outer house, they are from Nigeria. And they are living amid folks. Why are we denying? What we are performing is not an exception at all. So, the notion that if you permit governors to do this they would abuse it by applying it to intimidate opponents is not tenable.
“One of the factors this Amotekun is regional is that we don’t want any individual to reduce it to a equipment of oppression against their persons. But some governors ended up not there. Was that an indication that they were not entirely at the rear of it? Each individual governor was involved. We began the approach in June past calendar year following we had a spate of kidnappings and banditry in the South-West.”