It’s is no more news that South West Governors have launched their regional security network codenamed Operation Amotekun.
There were strong indications that the governors might be coerced to abandon the project which is a brainchild of the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission.
It would be recalled that the Presidency summoned the governors over the new security outfit few days before its commissioning while officers of the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Police Force also rejected plan to work with local hunters, vigilantes and member of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), claiming that they were not professionals in crime fighting.
However, allaying fear of the concerned, Chairman of the South West Governors Forum and Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi said the South West Security Network was not a replacement for Federal Government security apparatus. He said, rather, they would complement their efforts in term of Information gathering.
Fayemi revealed the plans of the South West Governors on the security outfit to include the following:
1. Each state donated 20 vehicles each, while Oyo state donated 33, making 133 Amotekun vehicles. The vehicles will be dispatched to the respective states.
2. The headquarters will be at Ibadan in Oyo State, being the Capital and political headquarters of the South West.
3. The size of the troops would be determined by what each of the six states has capacity for, and based on the level of its security threat.
4. Every state government will fund the troops in its state. It is the capacity of a state that will determine the size of troops it needs.
5. The idea behind Operation Amotekun is in a bid to attain community policing.
6. Salary of personnel will not be below the minimum wage.
7. Their operation will be seamlessin such a way that if something is happening near Oyo border, the Ogun Amotekun can cross into Oyo and vice versa.
Meanwhile, many Nigerians who are of the South West extraction, including monarchs have pledged their supports for Operation Amotekun.