By Kehinde Ogunyale
The Alake of Egba land, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, has thrown his weight behind South West Regional Security Outfit, codenamed: “Operation Amotekun”.
The monarch speaking at a press conference in Abeokuta to commemorate the 34th Lisabi Festival, emphasised on the need for security within the southwest region.
“We cannot talk about peace by mouth. Only those living can protect themselves. This means we must protect ourselves. But this has to be done according to the laws and constitution of Nigeria.”
Recall that Operation Amotekun was launched by the South West governors to tackle the security challenges within the South West states ― ranging from kidnapping, terrorism and vandalism.
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Following the official launch of the outfit, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister for Justice, Abubakar Malami, declared the outfit illegal saying the Constitution has no room for a regional security outfit.
Meanwhile, in an intervention meeting conducted by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo’s on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, it was agreed that each of the South Western states should legalise the security outfit by passing it into law in their respective House of Assembly.
Alake however called for an even resolution within all quarters as regarding the Operation Amotekun security outfit of the South-west geopolitical region of Nigeria
Oba Adedotun reinstated that all necessary quarter should be consulted for the efficient take off of the security operation (Amotekun) adding that, “we have to rise to protect ourselves.”
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