Anti-amotekun protest rocks Ekiti as group alleges hijack
By Rasaq Ibrahim, Ado Ekiti
Barely 24 hours after signing the invoice for the institution of Amotekun corps into regulation in Ekiti, a coalition of Yoruba teams, below the aegis of the Yoruba Appraisal Forum, on Tuesday protested in Ado Ekiti, the state capital in opposition to the formation of the safety outfit.
The protesting youths drawn from the six states within the southwest area stormed the road of Ado-Ekiti at about 8:15 to precise their displeasure in opposition to the inherent risks in operation Amotekun.
They bored placards with numerous inscriptions corresponding to ‘Amotekun Will Turn our Youths to Militia Group”, ‘Amotekun Motive, Shine Your Eyes’, ‘Amotekun Can Bring Proliferation of Arms’, amongst others.
The group, needed the Amotekun scrapped throughout the six states of Ekiti, Oyo, Osun, Lagos, Ondo and Ogun States to keep away from future calamity, alleging the hijack of the safety outfit by some politicians.
The group stated they’d uncovered alleged plot by politicians who have been
hell bent on deploying Amotekun for political engagement and destabilize the southwest and in the end your entire nation, in 2023 normal elections.
They famous that your entire Yoruba race can be endangered in 2023 with the existence of Amotekun, saying the dreadful Boko Haram tormenting the northwest began as a militia earlier than transmorgifing into insurgents.
Addressing journalists at Ajilosun space the place the protest was held, the group’s coordinator, Mr. Adeshina Animasaun, stated the venture of Amotekun was a laudable one, however insisted that it has been hijacked by these nursing ambition in 2023.
Animasaun appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to rejig the nation’s safety structure to stop resurgence of what he referred to as ‘militia groups’ with tendencies to pose risks to the lives of the folks.
“We call on President Buhari to use his good office to call the southwest governors to order by prevailing on them not to sign the Amotekun bills into laws yet, until proper checks about such security are done”, he stated.
The group faulted the hurried manners at which the governors carried out the general public hearings resulting in formation of Amotekun, saying : “it ought to have been done in a manner the populace will participate, rather than bringing few people to the state capitals to contribute in a programme that lasted for 30 minutes”.
He added: “The southwest governors needs to be dissuaded from innocently equipping and funding a safety outfit that some unscrupulous and depraved people have deliberate to make use of in opposition to the identical folks the governors have sworn to guard.
“The governors needs to be made to grasp that they need to not permit themselves to be railroaded into taking an motion they’ll remorse later.
“The nation’s security agencies like police National Intelligence Agency , Defence Intelligence Agency , Department of State Services (DSS) need to profile the current promoters of Amotekun security outfit with a view to ascertaining its real membership and their original intention”, he stated.
The group urged the intiators to be aware of the warnings issued by Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, former Kaduna State Government, Balarabe Musa and the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore and others in regards to the hazards inherent in Amotekun.