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News - South West - Ekiti Updated: April 04, 2024

Amotekun chairman advocates for state police to tackle insecurity

By Adekunle Obas
April 04, 2024
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Akogun Adetunji Adeleye, the chairman of the council of Amotekun corps commanders in the Southwest, has called on governors in the region to urgently embrace and support the formation of state police to address the security challenges in the zone.

Speaking in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State capital during a lecture organized by the state council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), on Thursday, Adeleye emphasized the need for decisive action to tackle criminal activities by investing in local and grassroots policing.

Acknowledging the support of the six governors in the region for the operations of the South West Security Network (Amotekun), Adeleye stressed the importance of cooperation from stakeholders, including traditional rulers and residents, in providing timely and adequate information on suspicious activities.

He highlighted the limitations of existing security agencies in effectively addressing kidnappings, killings, and other crimes due to bureaucratic processes and other factors.

Adeleye argued that crimes are often perpetrated in communities, emphasizing the importance of local and grassroots security networks in combating criminal activities effectively.

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The Amotekun boss said, “The issue of insecurity in Nigeria is a serious problem now and the solution is grassroots policing, which is state policing. The bureaucracy with the existing security arrangements is so wide that by the time instructions come from the high and mighty, the criminals are gone.

“We need to take decisive decisions and once you have grassroots policing, the solution is right with us. The Southwest governors should endeavour to empower our own home-grown security which is Amotekun to complement the efforts of the modern security agencies. 

“Community policing is the panacea to resolving security challenges. Managing local information and intelligence is very key. If we go grassroots, there will be no hidden place for criminals and I believe with this, the social economic life of our people will be enhanced.”

Speaking further, Adeleye stated, “The Amotekun concept was based on a homegrown and bottom-up approach to crime management as against the imported and top-down approach of the current security architecture of the country which has been adjudged inadequate and unresponsive for a multi-ethnic, Federal Structure and vast geographical entity like Nigeria.

“The language barrier, the diverse topography and deep-rooted mistrust among the various geopolitical zones call for a new approach to the task of protecting our people.

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“This is more so that the current security challenges being faced are not the conventional type and if care is not taken, a small militia can overrun the best of our security agencies if there is a lack of understanding and poor coordination."

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