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Amotekun Begins Recruitment In Ondo
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Amotekun Begins Recruitment In Ondo

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has approved recruitment into the state Security Network Agency also known as Amotekun Corps. The approval was contained in a memo on Friday signed by the secretary of the corps, Lanre Amuda, on behalf of the commander, Adetunji Adeleye. According to the memo, the categories of officers to be recruited include regular officers, intelligence corps and volunteers. The memo read, “Interested and suitable applicants must be from 20 to 70 years while they must possess at least, first school leaving certificate. “The applicants must also be medically and psychologically balanced with good character and good working knowledge of immediate locality. “Submission of forms and screening of candidates will open from Wednesday, January 27 to Mon...
‘Most Okada Riders In Oyo Spying For Bandits & Foreign Kidnappers’ – Amotekun
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‘Most Okada Riders In Oyo Spying For Bandits & Foreign Kidnappers’ – Amotekun

The Chairman, Western States Security Network, codenamed: Amotekun in Oyo State, Gen. Kunle Togun (rtd), has raised the alarm that most commercial motorcyclists in the state are spies for kidnappers and bandits that have entered the Yoruba land from the porous borders of Nigeria. He said the foreigners who were ferried inside trailers into Oyo State among other States during the COVID-19 lockdown could not speak any Nigerian language, but French whenever accosted by his men. Togun hinted that the warning from the state Governor to traditional chiefs to stop allocating lands to herdsmen with no papers showing Nigerian nationality would go a long way to stem the spate of killings and kidnapping in Yorubaland. Gen. Togun who was responding to questions from newsmen in his office ...
8 Members Of Amotekun Dismissed For Shooting Tosin Thomas In Oyo
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8 Members Of Amotekun Dismissed For Shooting Tosin Thomas In Oyo

The management of the Western Security Network codenamed Amotekun Corp has announced the dismissal and prosecution of one of its officers named Afolabi Kazeem, who is responsible for the death of a 23-year old man in Mokola, Ibadan. According to the Commandant of the Corp, Colonel Olayanju Olayinka (retd.), operatives of the corp had responded to a distress call of an ongoing robbery operation at Total Filling Station, Mokola, at about 10pm on Wednesday, 13th of January. On getting there, they found out that it was not a robbery operation but a crowd which included some hoodlums. The Colonel said, “At about 10 PM yesterday, January 13, 2021, our operatives, led by Team Leader George Idowu, got an alert of an armed robbery operation at Total Filling Station, Mokola. He and his ...
Protest In Ibadan As Amotekun Reportedly Kills Commercial Motorcyclist
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Protest In Ibadan As Amotekun Reportedly Kills Commercial Motorcyclist

A commercial motorcyclist has died after he was hit by a stray bullet allegedly released from the gun of operatives of the Amotekun Corps in Oyo state. Motorcyclist operators have taken to the streets in Ibadan, Oyo state capital, to protest the alleged killing of their colleague by the State Security Network Agency popularly known as Amotekun. The commercial motorcyclist, identified as Tosin Thomas, was hit by the stray bullet around 11pm on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. Amotekun operatives were said to be on patrol around Mokola area of Ibadan when a gunshot was heard allegedly hitting Thomas, NAN reports. According to a witness account, Thomas was rushed to the hospital for medical attention but later gave up the ghost in the early hours of Thursday. The deceased was n...
Afenifere, PANDEF Kick, As Miyetti Allah Seeks Inclusion Of Fulani In Amotekun
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Afenifere, PANDEF Kick, As Miyetti Allah Seeks Inclusion Of Fulani In Amotekun

THE Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, yesterday, called for the inclusion of its members and other ethnic groups in the Western Nigeria Security Network, codenamed Amotekun, in Oyo State, to overcome the language barrier, which sometimes causes misunderstanding. The call by MACBAN, however, elicited angry reactions from other ethnic groups like the pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, the Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, and the Middle Belt Forum. The leader of the Fulani herders in Oyo State, Ibrahim Jiji, made the call, while speaking with newsmen at the Ibadan palace of Sarkin Sasa Sardaunan Yamaa, who is also the Chairman, Council of Arewa Traditional Rulers and Chiefs, in the Southern states. Jiji, who expressed sadness over the ki...
Amotekun, Herdsmen Clash In Aiyete, Oyo. Seven People Killed
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Amotekun, Herdsmen Clash In Aiyete, Oyo. Seven People Killed

Men of the Oyo State Security Network Agency popularly known as Operation Amotekun and some Fulani have reportedly engaged in a clash at Aiyete in the Ibarapa North Local Government Area of the state. The clash was said to have started at Okebi village on Saturday morning but the cause of the clash could not be immediately ascertained as of the time of filing this report. A man, Saliu, who claimed to be a resident of the area told our correspondent that seven persons had been killed. He added that about seven houses were also razed. Saliu said, “Alhaji Usman Okebi and his two sons were killed. We don’t know what caused the fight. Some persons were shot and injured. “The number of people killed has increased to seven. Those who were shot and ran away later died in the bus...
Seven Feared Dead as Amotekun, Herdsmen Clash in Oyo
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Seven Feared Dead as Amotekun, Herdsmen Clash in Oyo

Men of the Oyo State Security Network Agency popularly known as Operation Amotekun and some Fulani have reportedly clashed at Aiyete in the Ibarapa North Local Government Area of the state. The cause of the clash is yet to be ascertained but was said to have started at Okebi village on Saturday morning. According t reports, seven people were killed and about seven houses were also razed. An eyewitness Saliu told Punch Newspaper that a man and his two sons were killed. Saliu said, “Alhaji Usman Okebi and his two sons were killed. We don’t know what caused the fight. Some persons were shot and injured. “The number of people killed has increased to seven. Those who were shot and ran away later died in the bush.” Also, another source said the clash was between the Amotekun c...
NANS Gives Makinde 3 Days To Address Amotekun Brutality On Oyo Residents
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NANS Gives Makinde 3 Days To Address Amotekun Brutality On Oyo Residents

Following the backlash that trailed the operations of the Western States Security Network, codenamed: Amotekun, the leadership of the National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS), has given a 72-hour ultimatum to the Oyo State Government to set up machinery for the reorientation of operatives of the corps. The ultimatum was on the heels of series of alleged misdeeds of some operatives of the corps since its inauguration by Governor Seyi Makinde in the state. The students’ body, in a statement jointly signed by the association’s chairman in the state, Comrade Oluwafunmbi Mayowa Opakunle; General Secretary, Comrade Ojetola Babatunde; Public Relations Officer, Comrade Adeleke Quadri and made available to Saturday Vanguard, stated that the Amotekun corps had over the time shown th...
Amotekun Kills 3 Youths In Oyo Over Carnival
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Amotekun Kills 3 Youths In Oyo Over Carnival

THREE persons were feared dead during a bloody clash between youths and Amotekun operatives at Tapa in Oyo State when the latter attempted to stop the youths in organising carnival which has been banned in the state. According to information gathered, some officers of the security outfit tried to disperse the youths which resulted in stiff resistance by the youths. The source said, “In the course of trying to stop the carnival, there was an argument between the boys and the Amotekun men which made the boys throw stones at them.” “Along the line, the Amotekun officers started shooting directly at them and now, at least three people have been confirmed dead while many people were injured.” “Bullets were being removed from some people who did not partake in the carnival at all...
Amotekun Arrests 120 Suspects In ‘Operation Clean Up’ Exercise In Ondo
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Amotekun Arrests 120 Suspects In ‘Operation Clean Up’ Exercise In Ondo

The Ondo State Security Network Agency also known as Amotekun Corps said it arrested over 120 suspects in its ‘Operation Clean Up’ exercise. It said the Operation Clean Up was launched in response to armed robbery incidences in Akure and other parts of the state. Commander of the Ondo Amotekun, Chief Adetunji Adeleye, who spoke in an interview with journalists, said the suspects have been handed over to relevant agencies for further investigations and prosecution Chief Adeleye said crimes have reduced by 80 percent in the state since the launch of Operation Clean Up. According to him, “Since we started Operation Clean-Up about a month ago, we have arrested about 120 criminals and sanity is coming back to the state. “Some of the criminals have been sent to the police, som...
Amotekun Member Detained for Allegedly Shooting Police Officer in Oyo state
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Amotekun Member Detained for Allegedly Shooting Police Officer in Oyo state

A police officer identified as Fatai Yekini was on Saturday allegedly shot at by a member of the Oyo State Security Network also known as Amotekun Corps A member of the Oyo State chapter of the Amotekun Corps, identified as Ibrahim Ogundele, was arrested in relation to the crime. The incident happened at the Sanga area of Oyo at the weekend. The suspect who works at Isale Oyo allegedly shot Mr. Fatai Yekini, a special police constabulary attached to Ojongbodu Police Station, Oyo town. Police spokesman Mr. Olugbenga Fadeyi said the incident occurred when police officers at Ojongbodu Division were responding to calls to dislodge youths holding a carnival despite warning. He said the Amotekun Corps personnel has been detained at the police station. Fadeyi said,“ Yes,...
Indecent Dressing: “Amotekun Not Established To Address Trivial Issues”
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Indecent Dressing: “Amotekun Not Established To Address Trivial Issues”

AMOTEKUN has released a statement addressing the comment made by Amitolu Shittu, the Osun State commandant of Amotekun on indecent dressing and abuse of Yoruba Language. Shittu had earlier said that Amotekun will not tolerate inde­cent dressing and bas­tardising of Yoruba lan­guage by the youths. Read the statement below: #UPDATE: AMOTEKUN Operations in Southwest Nigeria Press Statement This is to formally inform the general public that the Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed “AMOTEKUN” was not set up to address trivial issues outside the law establishing it. The function and responsibility of AMOTEKUN Corps in the States of Southwest Nigeria has been properly codified and enshrined in the legal framework setting up the Security Outfit. The security outfit is ...
Amotekun Won’t Tolerate Indecent Dressing, Yoruba Language Abuse – Amitolu Shittu
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Amotekun Won’t Tolerate Indecent Dressing, Yoruba Language Abuse – Amitolu Shittu

Amitolu Shittu, the Osun State commandant of the regional security net­work, Amotekun, has disclosed that the outfit would not tolerate inde­cent dressing and bas­tardising of Yoruba lan­guage by the youth when it begins full operation in March 2021. Shittu disclosed this in a chat with Daily In­dependent at the venue where Hon. Lawrence Babatunde Ayeni, mem­ber of House of Repre­sentative empowered over 1,000 youths after their training on dif­ferent vocational works and provided them with working tools. The commander said that although Nigeria’s constitution provides for individual freedom of as­sociation it did not pro­vide that youths should appear naked or indulge in speaking incorrect Yoruba language. While speaking Ayeni said he would not be happy to see beneficia­ries ...
Suspected Killers Of Ondo Monarch, Oba Isreal Adegoke Adeusi,15 Others Arrested By Amotekun
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Suspected Killers Of Ondo Monarch, Oba Isreal Adegoke Adeusi,15 Others Arrested By Amotekun

Suspected killers of the Ondo first-class monarch, the Olufon of lfon, Oba Isreal Adegoke Adeusi, have been arrested by the personnel of the state Security Network Agency codenamed “Amotekun Corps”. Also, the security outfit has arrested 15 other suspected criminals in different flashpoints across the state under its “Operation Clean up” exercise. The late Oba Adeusi was gunned down by suspected kidnappers at Elegbeka village in Ose council area of the state last week. Addressing newsmen in Akure, the state Commander of the security outfight, Amoyekun Corps, Chief Adeleye, who did not disclose the number of suspects arrested in connection with the killing of the traditional ruler said an investigation was still ongoing on the matter. Adeleye said that their identities would...
Amotekun Arrests Six Suspected Looters In Ondo
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Amotekun Arrests Six Suspected Looters In Ondo

THE Ondo State Security Agency, Amotekun, on Monday said it arrested no fewer than six suspected hoodlums, who allegedly took part in the looting and arson that occurred during the last #EndSARS protest in the state. The #EndSARS protest was hijacked by some hoodlums who allegedly set ablaze two police stations, National Correctional Service Centre in Okitipupa, a high court building and some other buildings, which included the state Secretariats of the All Progressives Congress and that of the Peoples Democratic Party in Akure, the state capital. The corps stated that the suspects were arrested in various parts of the state. According to the corps, some of the suspects are, Femi Ibine, Oyewole Olayeye, Omotubora Iyanuoluwa and Olamiju Sunday. Speaking on the development, t...
Get Your Facts Right On Amotekun – Sanwo-Olu Tells Gani Adams
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Get Your Facts Right On Amotekun – Sanwo-Olu Tells Gani Adams

The Lagos State Government on Monday said Iba Gani Adams, the Aare Ona Kakanfo did not get his facts right when claimed that the state government has refused to sign the Amotekun bill into law. Adams during an interview at the weekend had said while the other five states in the South-West had signed the Amotekun bill into law, only Lagos state has refused to do so for inexplicable reasons. “The process of Amotekun started in July 2019 and the South-West governors agreed to establish Amotekun. Five governors in the South-West have signed the bill of Amotekun into law but Lagos State has not signed its bill into law” Adams had said. But speaking in a chat with Daily Independent, Gbenga Omotosho, the Commissioner for Information said the state government passed the bill into Law ...
We Will Not Collapse Amotekun Into Community Police ― Akeredolu tells IG
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We Will Not Collapse Amotekun Into Community Police ― Akeredolu tells IG

The chairman of South-West Governor’s Forum and Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, on Wednesday, said the South-West Security outfit, Amotekun, would not be collapsed into the planned community policing of the Federal Government. Akeredolu disclosed that Amotekun would operate on its own within the confines of the law that established the outfit, saying those who are not comfortable with the decision to approach the court. Akeredolu, who spoke during a live programme on a Channels Television’s programme monitored by our Tribune Online in Akure, said discussion is ongoing to allow the Amotekun corps to carry arms even as they currently make use of non-prohibited ammunition. Akeredolu stated that the Amotekun corps has helped in the rescue of kidnap victims in the state ...
Amotekun Corps Intercepts Suspected Bandits at Osun-Oyo
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Amotekun Corps Intercepts Suspected Bandits at Osun-Oyo

The Osun State Amotekun Security Network on Sunday intercepted an eighteen seater bus at Osun-Oyo boundary while trying to sneak into the state despite the ban on the interstate movement. The inter-state offenders were also suspected to be bandits from Lagos State going to Itagunmodi mining Site, in Atakunmosa West Local Government Area of Osun State. The Director-General of the Amotekun Corps in Osun, Comrade Amitolu Shittu briefed DAILY POST on the development on Sunday. Men of the Amotekun corps stopped the eighteen-passenger bus at Ikire while they were trying to forcefully enter the state, assorted types of charms were recovered from two of the suspected bandits.<img class="i-amphtml-intrinsic-sizer" style="max-width: 100%; dis...
Amotekun Commences Recruitment In Ondo State
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Amotekun Commences Recruitment In Ondo State

The Ondo State Security Network Agency, Operation Amotekun, has announced the commencement of its recruitment. Adetunji Olu-Adeleye, Amotekun Corps Commandant in the state, who made this known on Tuesday in Akure, said the recruitment form would attract no charges. Amotekun is a security outfit based in all the six southwest states aimed at curbing insecurity in the region. Olu-Adeleye advised interested indigenes between ages 18 and 70 years, with minimum qualification of primary school certificate, to apply for employment.
Amotekun: Muslims Reject Oduduwa Republic – MURIC
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Amotekun: Muslims Reject Oduduwa Republic – MURIC

PRESS RELEASE: AMOTEKUN: MUSLIMS REJECT ODUDUWA REPUBLIC - MURIC An Islamic human rights organization, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has insisted that there is a connection between the amotekun initiative and recent agitation for the establishment of Oduduwa Republic. The group therefore declared that Muslims in the region will never be part of the proposed Oduduwa Republic. It called on the governors in the region to be wary of the activities of irredentist elements who are exploiting the euphoria of the moment to achieve their selfish and parochial objectives. The group also warned that breaking away from the rest of Nigeria cannot be in the best interest of the Yoruba. This was revealed in a press statement issued by the Director of the human rights association, Professor Is...
Abolish Amotekun Now – Yoruba Appraisal Forum Urges Buhari
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Abolish Amotekun Now – Yoruba Appraisal Forum Urges Buhari

Yoruba Appraisal Forum, a coalition of Yoruba groups, has again called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take a decisive step to abolish Amotekun, the South West security outfit and curb imminent bloodshed in the region and Nigeria at large. The group in a letter to President Buhari insisted that the goal of the outfit was nothing but sinister, stressing urgent need to curb excesses of the outfit before it becomes too late. The Coalition stated that the alleged mishandling of the security situation in the South West since the outbreak of the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic in the country, underscored the need for the Federal Government to act with utmost urgency. Comrade Adeshina Animashaun, Convener of the coalition in the letter, alleged that ” the real intention of those who have n...
Osun Apprehends Northern Travellers Hiding in Trucks Carrying Essential Goods
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Osun Apprehends Northern Travellers Hiding in Trucks Carrying Essential Goods

The Osun State government has confirmed the interception of some Northern travellers who came into the state while hiding in trucks carrying essential goods amid a ban on inter-state travels. Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Gboyega Oyetola, Adeyanju Binuyo confirmed this in a press conference with journalists on Wednesday April 29. He said the travellers have been tracked down and will be immediately sent back to their home states. Binuyo said; “Government is aware of a huge influx of non- Osun residents into the state, especially from Zamfara. They were coming majorly through the Ondo axis, accompanying trucks that are carrying food materials purportedly to be sold around the South West generally. “The intelligence that we’ve gathered in the last few days is such that th...
Governor Oyetola Names Amitolu Shittu, Richard Tinubu Heads Of Amotekun
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Governor Oyetola Names Amitolu Shittu, Richard Tinubu Heads Of Amotekun

The Governor of Osun State, Adegboyega Oyetola, has announced a foremost human rights activist and Chairman, Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC), Comrade Amitolu Shittu, as the Director-General (DG) of the newly established Amotekun Corps. Similarly, he has named as the Director-General (DG) of Bureau of Social Services (BOSS), a trainer and management Consultant, Richard Tinubu, who spent the better part of his working career at an American company, Computing Solutions Outfit, NCR Nigeria Plc, where he rose to the position of Senior Manager, Marketing. BOSS was established by the State government to leverage premium human resources and technological innovation in driving effective monitoring and evaluation of Social Service delivery to ensure public value and fiscal discip...
Fake Amotekun Officers Arrested In Ogu
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Fake Amotekun Officers Arrested In Ogu

The ogun state government has arrested 13 persons parading themselves as officers of Amotekun Corps in the state. They were apprehended by So Safe, a security outfit established by the state government. The 13 suspects who mounted a checkpoint at Lafenwa area of Ota, Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of the state, wore reflective jackets with Amotekun inscriptions and were allegedly extorting money from members of the public. So Safe’s Director of Information and Public Relations, ACC Moruf Yusuf said; “So-Safe Corps, an Ogun State owned security agency has recorded another great achievement as officers and men of the corps deployed to enforce the COVID-19 Stay-at-home directives of the Federal/ State Governments in Ado–Odo Ota Division at about 16:16hrs, noticed a strange set ...
Lagos State Assembly Passes Amotekun Into Law
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Lagos State Assembly Passes Amotekun Into Law

Lagos State House of Assembly at plenary on Tuesday passed the bill to create Amotekun Corps as a special unit of the Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Corps. It passed the bill after taking the third reading of the amendment to the Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Corps Agency Law 2019. The amendment bill had successfully gone through all the different stages of lawmaking ,which includes first and second reading, holding public hearing, laying and presentation of committees report, adoption of report by House, third reading and finally passage.
“High Tech Amotekun Has Silenced Killer Herdsmen” – Bishop Oyedepo
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“High Tech Amotekun Has Silenced Killer Herdsmen” – Bishop Oyedepo

You so over exaggerate your enemy, that your faith just dies. You can never dominate anything you don't despise. You know this boko haram thing. Boko nonsense. When I curse them, calamities happen in their camp Sir. You're miyetti allah. miyetti allah what? Walk on my farm, you are dead. Don't try it Meat wetin what? My father didn't buy land from any fulanis, we gave them where to stay in the forest. There was no time a fulani man held a land to stay in my place, so how did it become his land? But they are silent now, they are in hiding, their counterparts have risen against them, you know "amotekun - they are not bow and arrow fighters, they are high tech fighters." As soon as they heard of them, speed, you mess up!!! Then we have prophets of our order, you mess up, you are...
German Lawmaker, Thorsten Frei Backs Amotekun
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German Lawmaker, Thorsten Frei Backs Amotekun

The Deputy Majority Leader of Germany’s federal Parliament, Mr. Thorsten Frei, on Thursday lends his voice in support of the Amotekun bill, which is currently before the Lagos state House of Assembly. Daily Trust reports that the Amotekun is a security outfit, officially named Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN), which was earlier launched by governors of the South-western states in Nigeria. Mr. Frei, who is the Deputy Chairman/Deputy Majority Leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU/CSU) parliamentary Group in Germany, disclosed this when he paid a courtesy visit to the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa on Thursday. The German parliamentarian expressed hope that the bill, when passed into law, would address some of the secur...
South-West Lawmakers Reject Miyetti Allah’s Request To Join Amotekun
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South-West Lawmakers Reject Miyetti Allah’s Request To Join Amotekun

The demand by the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) to participate in the operations of the South West regional security network, Amotekun, has been turned down by the Houses of Assembly of the respective states. PREMIUM TIMES gathered that the houses of assembly of the states had concluded work on the bill after the public hearings without making any input to give MACBAN a place. At the moment, Ekiti State has passed the bill, even though a meeting of speakers of the respective houses held in Ibadan on Thursday to harmonise the positions of the respective states. The necessity of the harmonisation arose from the different public hearings held across the states to get inputs from the different stakeholders and citizens of the state. During one of...
Igbo Group Gives 90 Days To South East Governors To Launch Security Outfit
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Igbo Group Gives 90 Days To South East Governors To Launch Security Outfit

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Igbo National Council (INC), an Igbo socio-cultural group has issued a 90 days ultimatum to the governors of the southeast zone to inaugurate their own regional outfit. Reading a communiqué after a meeting well attended by members from 20 states, the National President of INC, Chilos Godsent said that the group also condemned what it described as the “naked cowardice exhibited by the governors of the South-East geopolitical zone on the failures to establish and officially inaugurate the highly-demanded South-East regional security outfit like their contemporaries in the North-West and South-West geopolitical zones. Also, Godsent disclosed that INC rejects the view of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP)’s proposal for community policin...
Amotekun Not For Ethnic Persecution –  Akeredolu
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Amotekun Not For Ethnic Persecution – Akeredolu

Ondo state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has reiterated that the formation of the Ondo State Security Network Agency also known as ‘Amotekun’ will not be used for ethnic persecution. The governor stated this on Monday while declaring open the public hearing on the bill for the formation of Amotekun, held at the Babafunke Ajasin Auditorium, Igbatoro road in Akure. According to the governor, the security of residents of the state is paramount to him, hence the involvement of the locals in the setting up of the Ondo State Security Network who will serve as the Amotekun Corps. “Amotekun is just only to assist the police and civil defence in the battle against insecurity in order to share intelligence particularly in terrains the conventional security agencies are not familiar with. ...
Lagos Assembly Holds Public Hearing on Amotekun Tomorrow
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Lagos Assembly Holds Public Hearing on Amotekun Tomorrow

  The Lagos State House of Assembly at the weekend disclosed that it would hold public hearing on the South-West Security outfit, code-named Amotekun tomorrow. The assembly added that the public hearing would deliberate on the bill for a law to amend the Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corps Law 2019 to establish the Lagos Amotekun Corps. The Chairman, House Committee on Information, Security and Strategy, Hon. Tunde Braimoh disclosed the plan in a statement, noting that the Amotekun bill was important to the assembly. The statement said Lagos Assembly would hold a public hearing on the bill for a law to amend the Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corps Law 2019 to establish the Lagos Amotekun Corps on Monday. It added that the important legislative procedure “will ...
We Plan To Attend Amotekun Public Hearing On Monday – Miyetti Allah
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We Plan To Attend Amotekun Public Hearing On Monday – Miyetti Allah

Ahead of the public hearing on the Amotekun bill slated for Monday across all the states in the South-West, state chapters of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, an umbrella body for herdsmen in the country, have expressed their readiness to attend the hearing. They said it would be an avenue to make their positions known on the issue. The association had expressed its reservations over the setting up of the Western Nigeria Security Network, codenamed Operation Amotekun, claiming that the initiative was aimed at flushing out the Fulani tribe from the South-West. But the South-West Governors’ Forum had in its reaction dismissed the claim as misplaced and unnecessary. In the South-West and some other regions, there had been clashes between herders and farme...
Herdsmen May Form Own Security Outfit Soon – Bodejo, Miyetti Allah Boss
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Herdsmen May Form Own Security Outfit Soon – Bodejo, Miyetti Allah Boss

National President of Miyetti Allah Kautel Hore socio-cultural organisation, Abdullahi Bodejo, has said that the arrest of some Fulani leaders over the recent crisis in Plateau State where about 20 persons were killed, was discriminatory. Bodejo told VINCENT KALU, in an interview that if the Nigerian authorities don’t stop the operations of Amotekun and Shege ka fasa, his group would come up with its own security outfit to protect its members. “If we are pushed to set up our own security outfit, nobody can control it because nobody knows how many Fulani are in Nigeria; we are more than every tribe in this country, we are in every corner”, he warned. The Plateau governor, Simon Lalong has called for the arrest of Fulani leaders in the state following the killing of more than 20 peopl...
Amotekun: Ekiti To Translate Laws Into Yoruba Language
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Amotekun: Ekiti To Translate Laws Into Yoruba Language

The Ekiti State Ministry of Justice will commence the translation of the law empowering the setting up of the security apparatus, Amotekun, into the Yoruba language following a directive by the state governor, Kayode Fayemi. The ministry is also to translate other laws of the state into the local language. The document, known as the Ekiti State Security Network Agency law, was read the third time at the State House of Assembly on Friday and it is now awaiting the governor’s signature. The Commissioner for Justice, Olawale Fapohunda, on Wednesday in Ado Ekiti said the governor’s directive was to ensure that the populace could understand the law in their local language. He said the Amotekun law would be translated as soon as the governor signed it into law. “Ekiti State Se...
South-West Will Not Accept Amotekun Under Nigeria Police – Kunle Olajide
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South-West Will Not Accept Amotekun Under Nigeria Police – Kunle Olajide

Kemi Olaitan holds a conversation with Dr. Kunle Olajide, the Secretary General of Yoruba Council of Elders, on South-west regional security outfit, Operation Amotekun and the performance of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari South-west governors and the Federal Government seem to have reached an agreement on the Western Nigeria Security Network, Operation Amotekun. Do you think this is the best way to go? There is nothing wrong in having an agreement. For now, the terms of the agreement have not been made known. Beyond what we all read in the media, we have not seen the details of the agreement. But whatever the agreement is, the Yoruba people would not accept that the security outfit be subsumed under the community policing system but that the two work together. ...
Community Policing To Be Infused Into Amotekun – IGP Adamu
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Community Policing To Be Infused Into Amotekun – IGP Adamu

The Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, has said the community policing arrangement of the Federal Government would be integrated into the Southwest Regional Security Operation code-named Operation Amotekun. The IG disclosed this at a security meeting on community policing with the Southwest Governors’ Forum in Lagos on Thursday. Adamu said, “This is the second meeting we have held with the governors of the Southwest region concerning the creation of Operation Amotekun. The just-concluded meeting discussed and fine-tuned Amotekun. “Every state has one form of security arrangement, whether it is vigilante or neighborhood watch that is working with security agencies in the states to fight crime. Amotekun is not different from these initiatives. We have agreed that the c...
Ekiti Approves Law Establishing Amotekun
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Ekiti Approves Law Establishing Amotekun

A bill for the establishment of Ekiti State Security Network Agency and Amotekun Corps has been approved by the Ekiti State Executive Council. The state’s attorney general, Wale Fapohunda presented the Draft Law for the establishment of Ekiti State Security Network codenamed: “Amotekun” to Governor Kayode Fayemi in Ado Ekiti on Monday February 10. In a statement released on Thursday February 13 by Governor Fayemi's Chief Press Secretary Yinka Oyebode, it was gathered that the bill be forwarded to the State House of Assembly for legislative processing and subsequent passage into law.
Ogun State Government Approves Operation Amotekun Bill
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Ogun State Government Approves Operation Amotekun Bill

The Ogun state government has approved the creation of the Southwest security outfit code-named “Operation Amotekun”. The approval was given at the State Executive Council meeting which held at the Executive Chamber of the Governor’s office, Oke Mosan secretariat, Abeokuta on Tuesday February 11th, after an extensive deliberation that lasted close 10 hours and presided over by the state governor, Governor Dapo Abiodun. Addressing journalists at the end of the Executive Council meeting, the commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of the State, Adegbolahan Adeniran, said the presentation of the bill before the state council followed the earlier approval by the Attorney Generals and Commissioner of Justice of the six Southwest states. Adeniran assured that the State Amoteku...
Amotekun: South West Governors To Sign Bill For Legal Backing On February 14
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Amotekun: South West Governors To Sign Bill For Legal Backing On February 14

Ekiti Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi on Monday said the bill seeking legal backing for the Western Nigeria Security outfit code-named ‘Operation Amotekun’ initiated by the six Governors in the Southwest region would be simultaneously assented to on Friday, February 14. Fayemi, who disclosed this while receiving proposal bill on Amotekun from Ekiti Attorney-General, Olawale Fapohunda, said the bill when enacted will give the security outfits legal strengthen for sustainability. The governor said that the draft bill will be extensively discussed during the State’s Executive Council meeting on Wednesday for immediate transmission to the House of Assembly. He pointed out that Amotekun was conceived by the six governors as a regional response to curb the scourge of kidnapping, banditr...
Amotekun Personnel To Carry Licensed Firearms — South-West Attorney Generals
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Amotekun Personnel To Carry Licensed Firearms — South-West Attorney Generals

DETAILS of operational modalities for the Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Operation Amotekun emerged at the weekend, as it was revealed that operatives of Amotekun will be known as corps and will bear licensed firearms while working. Ekiti State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Olawale Fapohunda, made the revelation while speaking on the outcome of a meeting of the Attorney Generals from the South-West zone held in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Friday. Fapohunda said each of the Commissioners for Justice in the zone agreed at the meeting in Ibadan to insert a clause which empowers the Amotekun Corps to carry only licensed firearms in the bill for an act backing up the initiative. He, however, said arms bearing by Amotekun personnel would be subject to ...
Arewa Youths Disown Shege Ka Fasa
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Arewa Youths Disown Shege Ka Fasa

Barely 24 hours after a coalition of Northern Groups launches the Arewa version of Amotekun code-named Shege Ka Fasa, Umbrella body of Arewa youth groups, the joint action committee of northern youth associations, has distanced itself from the proposed security outfit. It also linked the conveners of SHEGE KA FASA to some northern elders, alleging they were behind the move to floating the security outfit with a proposed operational headquarters in Kaduna, defunct capital of Northern Nigeria. Speaking in an interview, Murtala Abubakar, leader of the joint action committee of northern youth associations said their organization was not contacted by the initiator of the operation. So we are not a party to it. “As you may be aware we are working with patriotic pan northern groups l...
Sultan of Sokoto Faults Launch of New Security Outfit for the North Operation SheGe Ka Fasa
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Sultan of Sokoto Faults Launch of New Security Outfit for the North Operation SheGe Ka Fasa

The Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar, has distanced himself from the newly created security outfit for the Northern region, Operation Shege Ka Fasa, adding that if the increasing number of orphans created by insurgency are not attended to, something worse than Boko Haram may emerge in Nigeria. Recall that on Wednesday February 5th, the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNGs) unveiled the new security outfit. According to the spokesperson of the group, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, the formation of the security outfit became neccessary following the spread of insurgency from the North-East region in 2008 to other parts of the Northern region. Shege Ka Fasa was established barely a month after governors of the South West inaugurated Amotekun, a security outfit meant to attend to the security ch...
Amotekun: Recruitment Forms Ready Next Week, Says Akeredolu
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Amotekun: Recruitment Forms Ready Next Week, Says Akeredolu

The Ondo State Governor , Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, has said the recruitment forms for the Operation Amotekun outfit will be ready next week. The governor, who spoke through his Special Adviser on Security Matter, Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo, said the recruitment on the operation process had begun. He said, “We are yet to issue out forms and if there is any form that is out now in Ondo State, it is illegal, we have drafted the forms but we have not issued them out. “The forms would be out next week. What we want to do is to first recruit. after the recruitment, we will issue out the forms. “All the traditional rulers and community leaders in the state would be made to sign as guarantors of whoever we want to recruit in their communities.” Meanwhile, the Convener of Re-elect Buhari Mo...
Insecurity: Kwara Must Be Part Of Operation Amotekun – Lai Mohammed
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Insecurity: Kwara Must Be Part Of Operation Amotekun – Lai Mohammed

The spate of insecurity in the country has raised concerns among Nigerians in the last few years. Events in the last few months have particularly had regional forces against one another with ethnic groups across the country making case for their various regions. Most discussed in the media space in the last month is the initiative by Southwest Governors' Forum to curb the menace of insecurity that has befallen their people. The alarming rate of insecurity gave birth to "Operation Amotekun", a security outfit put up by the Governors of the southwestern states to curtail the rise in killings in the southwest that has gained popular support by the person of the region. It is against this backdrop that the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed while speaking in an ...
I Didn’t Discuss Amotekun With Buhari – Akeredolu
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I Didn’t Discuss Amotekun With Buhari – Akeredolu

CHAIRMAN of South-West Governors Forum and Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu(SAN), Tuesday, said he did not discus the South-West security outfit, Amotekun, with President Muhammadu Buhari during their closed-door meeting. The contentious South-West security outfit, Amotekun, had pitched the governors of the region against the Federal Government, until the intervention of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo a fortnight ago. He spoke to newsmen after the meeting with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, where he invited the President to commission the newly-built Ore Flyover and Ondo State industrial hub, as part of projects to mark the governor’s three years in office, on February 24. Akeredolu stressed that the governors were already in discussions with the Inspecto...
Akerodolu To Meet Buhari On Amotekun Today
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Akerodolu To Meet Buhari On Amotekun Today

The Chairman of the South-West Governors Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, will meet with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd,), to discuss the details of the Operation Amotekun security initiative being championed by South-West Governors. A reliable presidency source on Monday said the governor had secured an appointment to meet with the President to explain the issue to him. The source said, “The governor has an appointment to meet with Mr President on the Amotekun issue tomorrow (Tuesday).” However, the Ondo State Commissioner for Information, Mr Donald Ojogo, said, “I am hearing this from you. I just left a meeting with my governor and there was nothing like that. So, I don’t know where this is coming from.” Recall that the Ondo State governor, had on Friday, Janua...
Amotekun Is Another Terrorists Group In Disguise – Primate Ayodele Warns
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Amotekun Is Another Terrorists Group In Disguise – Primate Ayodele Warns

Founder of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Lagos, Primate Elijah Ayodele has has said that Amotekun is a lie in wait while attacking the Spiritual leader of the Adoration Minister, Enugu, Father Ejike Mbaka. Ayodele, who has just been appointed as the United Nations Peace Ambassador, speaking to the Sun said that the newly established security outfit by the South West governors, Amotekun, will soon turn into another group that will cause upset in the country. On Mbaka’s prophecy, which aligned with the Supreme Court removal of Emeka Ihedioha and declared Uzodinma as the Governor of Imo State, Ayodele said “Mbaka is not a prophet. ”Leave him out of what happened in Imo, he is not a prophet, he is just taking advantage. “God gives spiritual support to whoever that seeks him, n...
Amotekun: Our Gods will Mysteriously Kill Anyone Opposing Southwest Security Outfit – Gani Adams to Miyetti Allah, Others
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Amotekun: Our Gods will Mysteriously Kill Anyone Opposing Southwest Security Outfit – Gani Adams to Miyetti Allah, Others

The Are Ona kakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, has warned against opposing the Southwest security outfit, Amotekun. Adams warned that anyone who opposes Amotekun would die “mysteriously” by the gods of the land. Speaking at a South-West Security Stakeholders Group summit in Osogbo, Osun State on Friday, Adams warned that people of Southwest would not tolerate any form of threat over its decision to ensure the security of the region. He said: “We want everyone out there to know that the people of this region would not tolerate any form of threats from any individual or groups in relation to the issues of insecurity and the birth of Amotekun. “As you have seen events unfolding in recent times that the people of the southwest are behind the governors on the Amotekun project. Who...