The governors of the six states in the South-West geopolitical zone as well as Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector General of Police, have adopted the model for Operation Amotekun, the region’s security network outfit.
This was announced at the end of a meeting between the governors and IGP Adamu at the Banquet Hall of the Lagos State Government in Ikeja, the state capital, on Thursday.
Providing details on the agreed model, Rotimi Akeredolu, Chairman of the South-West Governors Forum, explained that the security initiative will now be state-led in line with community policing rather than operate as a regional security operation as earlier suggested.
The meeting also ratified the community policing model proposed by the IG and the initiative would be complementing Operation Amotekun and conventional police operations in all local communities.
“The governors of South-West and the IGP have held a very fruitful discussion and it is clear now to all of us that community policing, which the Nigeria Police is anchoring, is one that will benefit all of us. We have chosen that we will embrace community policing in its entirety,” Governor Akeredolu said.
On his part, IGP Adamu reiterated the submission of the Ondo State Governor.
“This is the second meeting we have held with the governors of South-West region concerning the creation of Operation Amotekun. The just concluded meeting was to discuss and fine-tune Amotekun. Our conclusion is what the chairman of South-West Governors’ Forum has explained,” Adamu said.
The IGP also stated that the police would be part of the recruitment, training and deployment of personnel to be assigned for Amotekun operations, adding that the initiative would complement community policing model.
Meanwhile, the state Houses of Assembly are expected to begin to work on their state’s bill legalising the operation of Operation Amotekun.
The state executive councils of Ondo, Ogun and Oyo have transmitted their bills to their respective assemblies while that of Osun is expected to be handed over to the state legislature on Friday.