FG wants Amotekun structured as community policing outfit


After much controversies surrounding the establishment of “Operation Amotekun” by the southwest Governors, the Federal Government has, at last, accepted the initiative and agreed that it be structured to align with its community policing strategy.

This was the outcome of a meeting on Thursday between the federal government and the southwest Governors, according to a statement by Laolu Akande, senior special assistant to the president on media & publicity.

At the meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the parties also agreed that necessary legal instruments be put in place to give Amotekun the backing.

The statement reads, “Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, met today with South West Governors, the Attorney General of the Federation and the Inspector General of Police.

“The meeting was at the instance of the Governors who had asked to see President Muhammadu Buhari over the controversy surrounding the Amotekun Initiative. However due to the President’s foreign engagement, he asked the Vice President to host the meeting.

“The meeting was very fruitful and unanimous resolutions were made on the way forward.

“Having regard to the need for all hands to be on deck in addressing the security concerns across the country, it was agreed that the structure of Amotekun should also align with the Community Policing strategy of the Federal Government.

“It was also agreed that necessary legal instruments will be put in place by each of the States to give legal backing to the initiative and address all issues concerning the regulation of the security structure.”

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