The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Adamu Mohammed has cleared the air on the status of operation Amotekun the southwest governors initiated, saying that the outfit is not a regional security outfit but a state-based operation that will assist the police in its operations. He also disclosed that the Nigeria Police will be part of the recruitment process of the outfit.
The IGP stated this on Thursday, February 13, 2020, while addressing pressmen immediately after his meeting with all the Southwest governors in Lagos.
Recall that since the Southwest governors came up with the operation Amotekun initiative, it has generated a series of controversies and debates across all media platforms, especially on Twitter.
Most Nigerians especially those from the southwest region thought it was a regional security outfit. This assumption has inspired other regions in the country to come up with their own regional security groups.
However, IGP Adamu Mohammed stressed that Amotekun is not different from other forms of state-run vigilante group assisting the police in safeguarding the states.
He said: “Amotekun is not a regional security outfit. Every state has one form of security arrangement, whether it is vigilante or neighbourhood watch that is working security agencies in the states to fight crime.
“Amotekun is not different from these initiatives. We have agreed that community policing strategy be infused into the Amotekun structure so that policing will be the initiative of the community members.”
Also, the chairman of the Southwest governors forum Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State told newsmen after the meeting that Amotekun which was perceived as a regional security outfit is not but a state-based outfit.
He said: “We have spoken and we want everyone to know that Amotekun was not conceived as regional police, but a state-based security outfit.
“We have come out of this meeting happy and we have agreed on the resolution. We have shed lights on dark areas and we are on the same page with the police with respect to these issues.”