Why Amotekun Should Carry Arms – Governor Oyebanji

Governors in the South-West States have commenced discussions with the federal government on the need for the Amotekun corps to be allowed to carry sophisticated arms.

This was disclosed by the Ekiti state governor, Biodun Oyebanji, on Sunday during a media chat tagged ‘Meet Your Governor ‘ in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.

Oyebamiji noted that the governors are of the view that the growing level of kidnappings, killings and other heinous crimes in the region would be adequately tackled by the local security outfit with the right arms.

He alleged the former administration of President Muhammadu Buhari of frustrating the effective and efficient operations of the local security network when it was established a few years ago.

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According to him, “On Amotekun, I think we are turning the corner but I also know the legal structural limitations to Amotekun. We didn’t have the kind of robust engagement we would have loved to have with the last administration at the federal level; grudgingly they allowed us to be but they planted a lot of obstacles on its effectiveness, they can’t carry arms but you know that the present President is an advocate of true Federalism and I am sure we will navigate that.

“I don’t know how you want someone to combat criminals without protecting himself, that is a big issue. So, what we are using Amotekun for now is to gather intelligence that we share with formal security apparatus.

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“Amotekun has the potential to do more if they are allowed to carry arms and it is a conversation the South West governors are having with the federal government and I am sure very soon, something will be done in that regard, because it is glaring that the local entity understands the environment better and we will get to the end of that very soon; the discussion has been positive.”

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