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Local militants will be unarmed, says Governor Oyetola head of Amotekun launch

Osun Governor,  Gboyega Oyetola has said the local militia, Operation Amotekun will note be armed.

The governor stated this through his Chief press secretary, Ismail Omipidan in an interview with The Nation.

Operation Amotekun is aimed at complementing the security agencies in nipping crimes in the bud in the South West region.

Oyetola stressed that the Joint security outfit codenamed: “Amotekun” is not necessary to arm the locals, adding that the idea behind it is not necessary to arm the locals, but to refashioning it after the civilian JTF in North East.

“The level of success recorded in the fight against Boko Haram was made possible by the support and cooperation of the civilian JTF because they are the locals, they gather intelligence, they know the area better than anybody.

“It is not that we want to arm the local militias,” he said.

The governor also stated that the region is prepared for the launch of the joint security outfit. The launching is scheduled for today in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

“Before now, we had prepared ground for the launch. We have acquired the vehicles which are fully equipped with communication gadgets. Our helipad to assist the security agents for air surveillance is about 97% completed. The personal has also been recruited,” he added.

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