Akinwale Disagrees As Presidency Says IG’ll Determine Amotekun’s Structure. - Nation News Lead

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Akinwale Disagrees As Presidency Says IG’ll Determine Amotekun’s Structure.

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress APC in the state of Osun Hon Akinwale Lawson has also disagreed with the Presidency that the Western Nigerian Security Network, codenamed Operation Amotekun, will now be run in accordance with the structure defined by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu. 

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said on Tuesday on Sunrise Daily, a programme of Channels Television, that the structure of the security network would be as prescribed by the IG.

Shehu was speaking on the approval of N13bn by the Federal Government for community policing across the 36 states of the federation. 

“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 the local communities. They will be managed by them,” he said. 

The President’s spokesman further stated that the community policing structure would be the same across the 36 states and whatever would not conform with the national structure would not be “in the scheme of things.” 

When asked whether the new community policing being introduced by the Federal Government would not be in conflict with the Amotekun, which was created by Houses of Assembly of the six South-West states, the President’s spokesman said the conflict would only in terms of perception. 

Shehu said governors were carried along in the process through the National Economic Council, which comprises the 36 governors and headed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo. 

Responding to the statement credited to Garba Shehu, Hon Akinwale Lawson maintained that he found the statement strange adding that Amotekun is fully operational under state law. 

He said states are allowed in law to have their security outfits as long as they are backed by law. 

The grassroot politician stated that the structure of Amotekun was already contained in the state law across the south west region. 

He said the Amotekun bill was signed into law by the governors, saying everything about Amotekun is in the law that set it up.  
Speaking on the 29th years anniversary of the state he noted the steady growth of the State since 1991, and urged citizens to remain steadfast in supporting good governance. 

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