As the South West governors converged in Ibadan on Thursday to launch the Western Nigeria Security Network, otherwise known as Operation Amotekun, here are some eight facts about the security outfit.
It would be recalled that the South West governors agreed to set up the security outfit at a summit organised by the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria(DAWN) in July 2019, following series of killings and kidnappings in the zone by herdsmen.
See the eight things to know about the security outfit below:
– The Six South West states donated 20 patrol vehicles each. The vehicles would be dispatched to the respective states.
– Membership of the outfit comprises vigilante groups operating within each state.
– Each state will have its own Amotekun in the form of a state police command.
– The regional command will operate from the control centre in Ibadan, and will work closely with the DAWN Commission, which provides administrative supervision to the project.
– The Operational base will be in Gbongan, Osun State.
– Every state government will fund the troops in its state. It is the capacity of a state that will
determine the size of troops it will have.
– Salary of personnel will not be below the minimum wage.
– Their operation is without restriction. The Amotekun in each state can cross into any of the states in the region.