– OPC has faulted Garba Shehu over his recent comment on Amotekun
– According to the group, Shehu is misleading the presidency on how Amotekun operates
– OPC insisted that Amotekun came up because of the insecurity in the land
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The Oodua Peoples Congress(OPC) has on Wednesday, August 26, faulted Malam Garba Shehu over his comments on the structure of the Western Nigerian Security Network(WNSN) codenamed operation Amotekun.
OPC faulted Shehu after the president’s spokesman on Channels TV, claimed that the structure of the security network would be controlled by the inspector general of police.
According to the OPC in a statement by Yinka Oguntimehin, it’s publicity secretary, Shehu should stop misleading the presidency.
Oguntimehin insisted that operation Amotekun was a child of necessity.
He said it came at a time when the spate of insecurity in the southwest was becoming very unbearable to the people.
He also said the outfit passed through the proper legal framework before it was assented to by the southwest governors.
“Amotekun came into being after passing through all the legal processes, with the backing of the state house of assemblies across the southwest. So, for Garba Shehu to have said the inspector general of police will determine the structural operation of the security outfit was misleading and purely a misinterpretation of the law establishing the southwest security Corps.
“Amotekun is one idea that has come to stay and it is different from community policing, that is being promoted recently by the Nigerian police,” he added.
Meanwhile, recall that Legit.ng had reported that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state has declared that Amotekun, would not be collapsed into the planned community policing of the federal government.
The governor said those who are not comfortable with Amotekun to approach the court, Channels reports.
Going further, the governor revealed that the Amotekun corps has helped in the rescue of kidnap victims in the state.
In a related development, the Governor Seyi Makinde-led government in Oyo state has given approval of a whopping N59.7 million for the take-off of operation Amotekun.
The disclosure was made by the state information commissioner, Wasiu Olatunbosun, on Tuesday, August 4, after the executive meeting held virtually.
Olatunbosun said the state government made approval for the procurement of 3000 units of uniforms, combat boots, lanyard, baseball hats, security belts, worsted boots, and the production of the logo to distinguish the personnel from other security agencies in the state.
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