– Garba Shehu’s recent position on Amotekun has courted controversy
– The presidential media aide had said that the security network will be regulated by the police
– But in a swift response, the southwest region said Amotekun is under the regulation of the state government
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The southwest region has rejected the plot by the federal government to regulate and determine the structure of the Western Nigerian Security Network popularly codenamed Amotekun.
Recall that Garba Shehu, the presidential aide on media and publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, had on Tuesday, August 25, said the Amotekun and other forms of community policing will be regulated.
Shehu, who spoke on the heels of President Muhammadu Buhari’s release of N13 billion for community policing across the 36 states, posited that the southwest security network will be “streamlined.”
He said the police inspector general, Mohammed Adamu, will determine the modus operandi of the security outfit in order to avoid abuse of power and weapons.
“Whatever name they go by, Amotekun or whatever will be streamlined and they will be run in accordance with the structure as defined by the Inspector General of Police. They will be localised, they will be owned by local communities, they will be managed by them,” Shehu said.
The presidential spokesperson also stressed that there will be a single structure for all the community policing projects across the country.
But in a swift reaction, the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria Commission (DAWN) said Amotekun is being guided by the state laws having passed through many legislative processes in all the six state houses of assemblies in the southwest zone.
Amotekun is guided by the states’ laws. The setting up of community policing should not in any way disturb the operations of Amotekun.
“In any federal system, there are multi-layers of policing and the more the merrier; Nigeria needs policing at different layers.
“The operations of Amotekun are guided by the laws duly passed by the houses of Assembly in the six states in the region and the bills were assented to by the governors,” DAWN DG Seye Oyeleye said.
Also speaking on the development, Ekiti state government berated Shehu, saying the presidential media aide lacks the understanding of what Amotekun represents.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the presidency finally lifted the lids on why President Buhari refused the assent of the community policing amid mounting security threats nationwide.
Speaking on Tuesday on Channels TV, Shehu attributed the delay to funding, adding that many state clamouring for the community policing are embroiled in debts and owe workers salaries.
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