FG Accepts Amotekun With Conditions

The Federal Government has given in to the establishment of Amotekun, the security outfit set up by South West Governors.

However, the Government insisted that the security outfit must be run in line with its Community Policing strategy among other conditions.

The agreement was reached at a meeting between the Vice- President and the South West Governors on Thursday.

A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Office of the Vice President, Laolu Akande which made this known, said the meeting was convened at the instance of the governors.

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The statement read: “Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, met today with South West Governors, the Attorney General of the Federation and the Inspector General of Police.

“The meeting was at the instance of the Governors who had asked to see President Muhammadu Buhari over the controversy surrounding the Amotekun Initiative. However due to the President’s foreign engagement, he asked the Vice President to host the meeting.

“The meeting was very fruitful and unanimous resolutions were made on the way forward.

“Having regard to the need for all hands to be on deck in addressing the security concerns across the country, it was agreed that the structure of Amotekun should also align with the Community Policing strategy of the Federal Government.

“It was also agreed that necessary legal instruments will be put in place by each of the States to give legal backing to the initiative and address all issues concerning the regulation of the security structure.”