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    COVID-19: South-west govs to make wearing of face masks compulsory

COVID-19: South-west govs to make wearing of face masks compulsory

Governors in the south-west have agreed to shut their borders and to make wearing of face masks compulsory to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the region. Governors of the six states in the region reached the decision during a virtual meeting. Rotimi Akeredolu, chairman of the south-west governors forum, disclosed the development in a statement on Friday. “The entry points of our [...]

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    Online publishers ask south-west govs to conduct random COVID-19 tests across major cities

Online publishers ask south-west govs to conduct random COVID-19 tests across major cities

The South-West Group of Online Publishers (SWEGOP) has called on governors in the region to urgently make provisions for conducting of random coronavirus tests among residents in major cities. Olayinka Agboola and Remi Oladoye, the group’s chairman and public relations officer respectively, gave the advice on Wednesday, saying coronavirus may have caused more damages than what is known. The group, which alleged [...]

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    It’s a good security strategy to involve Miyetti Allah in Amotekun

It’s a good security strategy to involve Miyetti Allah in Amotekun

As I said in my column in June 2019, security is everybody’s business. No individual, group, institution or organisation is nugatory in matters of security. All efforts are needed and all hands must be forged into one fist in the pursuit of peace. In fact, it imperils security if any stakeholder to the peace is “quarantined” and stereotyped. I believe, there [...]

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    Amotekun: IGP, south-west govs meet in Lagos

Amotekun: IGP, south-west govs meet in Lagos

Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police (IGP), on Thursday, met with south-west governors. The meeting, which held in Lagos state, also had in attendance commissioners of police, heads of other security outfits, attorney-generals and commissioners for justice, traditional rulers and community development committee representatives across the six states. However, the governors of Oyo, Ogun, Osun and Ekiti states were represented by their deputies [...]

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    ‘Amotekun has biblical origin’ — MURIC demands rebranding of security outfit

‘Amotekun has biblical origin’ — MURIC demands rebranding of security outfit

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has asked governors of the south-west to rebrand Amotekun. The Western Nigeria Security Network is code-named Amotekun, Yoruba word for leopard. In a statement on Monday, Ishaq Akintola, MURIC’s director, said Amotekun has its origin in the Bible, and it would not be possible for Muslims to be a part of it.  “Jeremiah 5:6 says, ‘A leopard shall guard [...]

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    The real Amotekun is yet ahead

The real Amotekun is yet ahead

The sound of “Amotekun” has drowned out all other issues in the Nigerian public space for many days, and there is a great likelihood that the Yoruba word will have meanings and connotations beyond the original meaning of leopard. Soon enough Wikipedia will include Amotekun. Maybe the word will also enter into the Oxford English Dictionary as was recently the [...]

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    Amotekun: How much help is that?

Amotekun: How much help is that?

In many respects, last week’s launch of Operation Amotekun by the governors of the South-West region exposed the underbelly of the Nigerian federation. It shows the loss of confidence in the ability of our almighty federal administration and its many agencies to tackle the increasingly worsening security situation in the nation. Every day you open the newspapers, you are assailed with an avalanche [...]

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    Back up Amotekun with the law, Falana tells south-west govs

Back up Amotekun with the law, Falana tells south-west govs

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, has asked south-west governors to enact laws on Amotekun, the regional security outfit. Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, had described the outfit as illegal but the human rights lawyer asked the governors to ignore Malami. He had said the federal government has no power to outlaw the outfit. In a statement on Tuesday, Falana said having a law [...]

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    Miyetti Allah: ‘Amotekun’ is a plot against Fulani… those behind it must be arrested

Miyetti Allah: ‘Amotekun’ is a plot against Fulani… those behind it must be arrested

The Miyetti Allah Kaute Hore has asked the federal government to arrest south-west leaders in charge of Amotekun, a regional security outfit.  In an interview with The Sun, Bello Bodejo, national president of the group, said the outfit is a plot against the Fulani ethnic group. On Wednesday, the group had asked south-west governors to give up the outfit after Abubakar Malami, [...]

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    MURIC: South-west governors turning ‘Amotekun’ into Christian militia

MURIC: South-west governors turning ‘Amotekun’ into Christian militia

Ishaq Akintola, director of the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has accused governors of the south-west of recruiting only Christians into Amotekun, the regional security outfit. In a statement on Friday, Akintola alleged that an ongoing recruitment by the security outfit has mandated applicants to submit birth certificates registered only in churches. The director of the organisation said only one out of the [...]

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    Can Amotekun really cost south-west 2023 presidency as Miyetti Allah warned?

Can Amotekun really cost south-west 2023 presidency as Miyetti Allah warned?

In my column article of January 6 – a riposte to Isa Funtua’s prejudiced utterance on the Igbo -- I wrote: ‘’Funtua’s statement reeks of corpulent arrogance, bigotry and acute sense of entitlement. It reinforces the stereotype that his section of the country bullies any region that does not kiss the ring of the caliphate.’’ I was not surprised that Arewa [...]

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    ‘Amotekun’: Falana asks south-west governors to ignore Malami

‘Amotekun’: Falana asks south-west governors to ignore Malami

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says the federal government lacks the power to outlaw "Amotekun", the regional security outfit in the south-west.  Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, had described the outfit as illegal, saying security remains the exclusive preserve of the federal government. In a statement on Wednesday, Falana advised the governors of the south-west states to ignore Malami and enact laws [...]

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    ‘Amotekun’: Yoruba have the right to protect themselves, Gani Adams writes Malami

‘Amotekun’: Yoruba have the right to protect themselves, Gani Adams writes Malami

Gani Adams, aare ona kakanfo of Yorubaland, says the federal government has no right to declare "Amotekun", a security outfit in the south-west, as illegal. On Tuesday, Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), declared the regional security outfit illegal, saying security remains the exclusive preserve of the federal government. But in a letter on Wednesday, the aare ona kakanfo described the [...]

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    ‘Amotekun’ and the constitution: Between legal validity and a people’s inalienable right to live

‘Amotekun’ and the constitution: Between legal validity and a people’s inalienable right to live

BY ADEOLU OYEKAN Malami may be right from the strict position of the law, what Malami has just done however, is to also proclaim the Sharia Police and the civilian JTF illegal. He cannot legally defend their existence if the logic of his position on ÀMÒTÉKÙN is accepted as valid in law. The next step and the way forward is political. In [...]

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    ‘Don’t create unnecessary tension’ — Edwin Clark warns FG over ‘Amotekun’

‘Don’t create unnecessary tension’ — Edwin Clark warns FG over ‘Amotekun’

Edwin Clark, convener of Pan-Niger Delta Forum, says the declaration of "Amotekun", a south-west security outfit, as illegal will create unnecessary tension. Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, declared Amotekun as illegal, on Tuesday, saying security remains the exclusive preserve of the federal government. But Clark described Malami's pronouncement as "unconstitutional". The Ijaw leader said the decision to create the regional security outfit was [...]

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    Soyinka on insecurity: I had given up on south-west governors until launch of ‘Amotekun’

Soyinka on insecurity: I had given up on south-west governors until launch of ‘Amotekun’

Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, has described the south-west regional security outfit as an unexpected New Year present. On Thursday, governors of the south-west states launched Amotekun, the Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN), in Ibadan, Oyo state. The six state governors had constituted the outfit to tackle challenges of insecurity, including kidnapping and banditry in the region. Speaking in Lagos at an event to [...]

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