South-West Govt, FG set for a showdown on Amotekun mode of operations

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The Amotekun Corps launched by the South-West states, through the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria Commission has come with a new dimension of disagreement between the South West States and Federal Government as Buhari through his Spokesman, Garba Sheu just revealed while answering to questions on Daily Sunrise Channels TV programme that the Federal Government will not allow the operations of Amotekun to be solely controlled by the South-West States without proper guidelines from the Inspector General of Police before the security initiative finally kick-started for operations.

Garba Sheu while speaking said, Amotekun, will now be run in accordance with the structure defined by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, further said that the structure of the security network would be as prescribed by the IG.

“Whatever name they go by, Amotekun or whatever, will be streamlined and they will be run in accordance with the structure as defined by the Inspector-General of Police. They will be localised; they will be owned by the local communities. They will be managed by them,” he said.

The President’s spokesman further stated that the community policing structure would be the same across the 36 states and whatever would not conform with the national structure would not be “in the scheme of things.”

Shehu added, “You know the constitution of the committees will be defined as including council chairmen, traditional rulers, religious leaders, civil society groups and all of that.

“So, you are going to have a single type structure of community policing permitted all across the country and whatever is not in line with this does not have a place in the scheme of things. That is my understanding.”

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