On Thursday, January 9, 2020, Governors of Nigeria’s six southwest states of
Ogun, Osun, Oyo, Ekiti, Ondo and Lagos, launched the western Nigeria security
network called ‘Operation Amotekun’ in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
Operation Amotekun is an initiative of the governors in the South-West
geopolitical zone of Nigeria. It is a security outfit that was created with the
aim of protecting lives and properties within the states.
The creation of this security outfit was as a result of consistent insecurities
facing the region. These include several reported cases of kidnapping, robbery
and banditry in the Yoruba land.
Reactions have continued to trail the launch of the establishment of Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN) code named Operation Amotekun.
From the federal government, northern elders, miyetti Allah among others, the initiatives have been defined in various ways.
A solidarity walk organised by the Yoruba World Congress (YWC); an umbrella
body of all Yoruba Socio-cultural and Self Determination Groups in support of
Operation Amotekun was held in all six south western states in support of the security network recently established by Governors.
The congress has pleaded with the South West governors not to backdown and
push the concept through.
Speaking at the Ibadan rally, the Cordinator Yoruba World Congress Oyo State Chapter Evangelist Kunle Adesokan and one of the organiser of the walk said the exercise was to show support to the governor’s on the well applause initiatives.
At the venue of the rally and in some major areas of Ibadan, one major thing observed was heavy presence of men of department of state security, officers and men of the Nigeria police force and that of the Nigeria Security and civil defence corps.