What do you think about Operation Omotekun? Do you think it will work out as planned?
Governors of Nigeria’s six southwest states of Ogun, Osun, Oyo, Ekiti, Ondo and Lagos, launched the western Nigeria security network called ‘Operation Amotekun’ in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
Here are 7 key things that you need to know about the sub-regional Operation Amotekun:
1. Amotekun is the Yoruba word for Leopard.
The logo of this operation features the image of a prancing, angry leopard in full flight; with ‘Zero tolerance to crime’ as the pay-off line.
2. Amotekun seeks to complement the police and other state security outfits in the southwest and not replace them.
3. The southwest governors cite rising insecurity in the region, kidnappings and robbery as major reasons for the birth of Amotekun.
4. Amotekun has received the blessings of the federal government and the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu, the governors say.
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5. Amotekun personnel will be locally sourced--more like your neighborhood police.
6. Each of the the six southwest states has procured 20 trucks and 100 units of motorcycles for operation Amotekun.
7. Amotekun won’t be modelled after the Odua Peoples Congress (OPC) security outfit.
Amotekun personnel will sport uniforms and won’t rely heavily on charms and machetes on the job.
“They will be professional and courteous on the job and penetrate areas your regular police officers can’t penetrate because we trust that they know the terrain better,” one aide of a southwest governor tells