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Federal Govt, Southwest Govs Agree To Structure Amotekun Along Community Policing System

Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo

Controversies over the proposed Southwest security network known as Amotekun may have been laid to rest today, January 23 as the federal government and the concerned governors resolved to structure it along community policing system.
Rising from a meeting today at the presidential Villa, Abuja, the governors of the six states in the Southwest and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, stressed the need to provide legal backing to the Amotekun.
The meeting, which was also attended by the nation’s Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami as well as the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, was, according to a presidential spokesman, Laolu Akande, very fruitful.
“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.”
Answering questions from newsmen after the meeting, the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu confirmed that Amoketun will be structured along community policing system and that a legal framework will be made to accommodate it.
He said that those at the meeting agreed on the way forward, adding that the most important one is that “we are going to have legal framework to back this Amotekun. And this legal framework is going to be one which we all are going to look at and will be sure to go without any hinderance.”
Governor Akeredolu also confirmed Amotekan will be part of the Federal government’s community policing.
“In essence really, it is about community. So, we are going to work together to see the community policing and Amotekan work in a way.”

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