Ekiti Council of Elders has appealed on the Federal Government to grant licence to the operatives of the Western Nigeria Security Network code-named ‘Operation Amotekun’, to carry firearms.
It said this became important in view of the spate in the rising wave of killings, kidnapping, banditry and other manifestations of crime in the Southwest, particularly in Ekiti State.
The group’s Chairman, Prof. Joseph Oluwasanmi; General Secretary, Mr. Niyi Adebulu; and Publicity Secretary, Dr. Bayo Orire, in a statement on Sunday stated that Amotekun Corps would not be competent in its operation without carrying guns or modern weapons.
They proclaimed that it would be impossible for the Amotekun operatives to carry out its fundamental responsibility, which is protection of lives and property, without bearing firearms, saying the criminals unleashing terror in the region were well-equipped with sophisticated weapons.
A pan-Yoruba group, the Majeobaje Movement, has accused the governors of Ekiti, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Oyo and Osun of abdicating their primary duty of protecting the lives and property of their citizens, considering the escalating insecurity in the region.
It levelled the allegation in a ‘save our souls’ letter to the Chairman of the Southwest Governor’s Forum and Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, which was copied to the five other governors.
In the letter signed by Mr. Yomi Layinka, former Special Adviser (Communication & Strategy) to ex-Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi, Dr. Dolapo Sikuade, Mr. Deola Kumapayi, Chief Akintayo Akin-Deko, Sir Gbenga Adebusuyi, Revd. Muyiwa Bamgbose, Mr. Ibukun Fakeye and Mr. Ayo Oyerinde, the group advised the governors to empower the Amotekun Corps to reduce insecurity.
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