The Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Otunba Gani Adams, has said the creation of southwest security, ‘Operation Amotekun’, is long overdue.
The president of the Odua Peoples Congress (OPC) also cautioned those fighting against the launch of the outfit, that would be inaugurated in Ibadan, Oyo state today, saying it will put an end to criminality in the region.
Speaking with journalists ahead of the inauguration, Iba Gani described the initiative as a welcome development, adding that the Yoruba people are happy with it.
Adams, who also described those criticising the new security outfit as either a sadist or such person, doesn’t value lives said anyone against the new initiative is an enemy of the southwest, adding that if anything unfortunate should happen in this region, such a person should be held responsible.
While expressing confidence in the new initiative, Adams said Amotekun is not the real state police demanded by the people but a temporary means of tackling crimes in the South West.
“Ordinarily, we agitate for state police, but if we don’t have state police now, something has to be done because state police can bring constitutional issues that may lead to amendment of our constitution. But a security outfit that will be controlled by the state government is highly needed now.”
Speaking on the security challenges confronting the Yoruba Land, Adams said it has gone beyond kidnapping and Fulani herdsmen predicaments.
“We believe that if the internal Fulanis had not opened the doors to them, they wouldn’t have come in. Amotekun will solve so many issues even beyond the Fulani herdsmen crisis. We also have information that some Yoruba people have connived with these criminal elements and are giving them information as to who and who they should kidnap to get money,” Adams said.