The position taken by the governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), to arm Amotekun personnel with sophisticated weapons similar to those used by their counterparts in Katsina State, has received support from the pan-Yoruba sociopolitical organization Afenifere.
The organization expressed shock that the Federal Government was allegedly using two systems in the same country in a statement released yesterday, saying it fully supported the governor’s decision.
The six Southwest states came together to form the Ondo State Security Network, also known by the code name Amotekun, in order to address the need for local security in the face of rising kidnapping, armed robbery, and other criminal activity. It was founded two years ago, but the federal government forbade it from possessing advanced weapons.
However, Akeredolu criticized the Federal Government in a statement on Thursday, claiming that it had denied Amotekun the right to possess advanced weapons but had granted it to its counterpart in Katsina State.
Although there are numerous instances that could be mentioned, Afenifere stated that it would prefer to focus on the most recent one for the time being due to the serious implications it has for our security, politics, and socioeconomic well-being.
“we want to restrict ourselves to the most recent one for now because of the serious implications it holds for our security, political and socio-economic well-being,” the statement read.