The Southwest Security Outfit known as Amotekun and other “quasi-security groups” founded by state governments, according to Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Usman Baba Alkali, will not take part in the general elections next year.
The police chief claimed that such establishments are not legally supported for the exercise while addressing at a strategic conference in Abuja on Thursday.
The conference had in attendance strategic police managers, including officers from the ranks of commissioners and above.
“Similarly, the IGP emphasized the fact that all quasi-security outfits established by various state governments and local communities operating under different nomenclatures, structures, and orientations have no legal roles under the Electoral Act and in the electoral process,” Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a statement said.
“He, therefore, directed all Police Managers to ensure they are not utilized by political or community actors for any role during the electioneering campaign and other electoral processes as such would amount to an illegality, a threat to national security, and inimical to the nation’s democratic interest.”
This comes shortly after Ondo State Governor Rotimi AKeredolu accused President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration of being biased with its treatment of state-controlled security outfits.
Newsbreak Nigeria reported on Wednesday that the governor of Ondo state had announced that the state would allow the South-Western security group to possess weapons after criticizing what he saw to be the president Buhari administration’s perceived partiality in addressing insecurity.