…Gov. Matawalle appoints fmr DIG as security adviser***
‘The Aare Ona Kankanfo of Yoruba Land, Iba Gani Adams, on Monday said that the successful implementation of ‘Amotekun’ would attract more investments to the six states in South-West.
Adams said this while addressing newsmen on the sideline of a one-day Stakeholders’ Forum on “A Bill for a Law to Amend the Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Corps Law 2019 to Establish Lagos Amotekun Corps”.
The Public Hearing was organised by the Lagos State House of Assembly.
“Amotekun is welcome development, psychologically it will send signal to the criminals that Yoruba people are ready to maintain law and order, and complement the efforts of security agencies in Nigeria.
“As a matter of fact, if South-West is well secured, investors will come into the zone and it will be an advantage to the economy of Nigeria.
“If the economy of the country is booming, it is not only the South-West that will benefit from it. The common wealth will be shared to other regions,” he said.
Adams explained that the outfit would help secure people in various communities and gather intelligence for security organisations and other government agencies.
According to him, Amotekun is neither meant to harm any ethnic nationality nor is it an enemy of non-Yoruba people who had been residing in Lagos for more than 200 years.
“We are not tribalistic and we believe in justice and fair play. We believe that irrespective of where you come from, you are a Lagosians, you are a Westerner in as much that you are not a criminal.
“When you are a criminal, you are an enemy of Amotekun; you are enemy of Yoruba land. But if you are living and believing in law and order, there won’t be a problem.
“I am telling you categorically, the fear of some people is that we are trying to create a state police, it is not,” he added.
He urged pessimists to come to terms with the benefits the establishment of Amotekun would bring to the nation.
The Aare Onakakanfo said South-West would remain focused and advised some groups such as Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) to desist from making provocative statements about ‘Amotekun’.
He commended Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Lagos State House of Assembly for holding the public hearing on the outfit, saying it was for the good of the Yoruba race.
Adams said that the outfit would feature members of OPC, hunters, vigilante, Agbekoya, Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Corps (LNSC), adding that no group could do it alone.
He said: “This is a conventional way of empowering the Amotekun to face the hardened criminals. This is not just about watching, giving intelligence reports to police.
“This is also about confronting hardened criminals who want to destroy, kill and cause nuisance to our region.
“All the groups that are good about security issues should be employed into the outfit. It is not about OPC.”
Also speaking, Tunde Braimoh, Chairman, House Committee on Information, said the Assembly priotised security of lives and property in Yoruba land which remained non negotiable.
The lawmaker commended the support of religious organisations, civil society groups, and opposition parties like Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for their ‘brilliant’ and thought provoking’ contributions.
In another development, a retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Alhaji Mamman Tsafe has been appointed as the Honorary Special Adviser on Security Matters to governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara.
This was contained in a statement signed by Jamilu Iliyasu, the Press Secretary to the governor and made available to journalists in Gusau on Monday.
DIG Tsafe’s appointment came few hours after he announced his defection from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) at a ceremony which took place at the Government House.
The retired DIG was among thousands of APC decampees who were led to the governor by the Council Chairman, Aminu Mudi and all the 10 councillors of the area who all announced their defection to the PDP.
The statement said, DIG Tsafe’s appointment was in recognition of his track record of service as an officer of the law of the nation.
Before his new appointment, Tsafe had served as a member of the state’s Peace and Reconciliation Committee, an initiative of governor Matawalle which brought together all those involved in banditry in the state in order to stop crime.