By Tope Adedeji, Akure
A Pan Yoruba Sociopolitical group, Afenifere has accused the Federal Government and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) on their attempt to subsume Operation Amotekun under the Community Policing scheme of the Nigeria Police.
The warning came during the communiqué issued at the end of the monthly general meeting of group held at the residence of its National Leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti in Akure, the ondo state capital over the means at which the Federal government wants to give the security outfit a natural death.
However, it would be recalled that the IGP had directed state commands last week with the directive from the Federal Government to begin the recruitment of Community policing officers nationwide so as to give the outfit death on arrival approach
In the communiqué read by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, Afenifere, urged the Southwest governors to ensure that Amotekun does not operate like existing convention security agencies, but it should only have defined areas of cooperation with the federal government’s security agencies.
The Yoruba group which commended the Southwest governors for their uncommon courage over Amotekun issue, enjoined Senate President Ahmed Lawan to match his support for multi-level policing with actions.
The group also urged the inspector general of Police, Muhammed Adamu to prevent political unrest in Oyo state over the forceful reinstatement of sacked local governments chairmen, advising all parties to allow the court to determine the matter.
The meeting which was attended by some of its leaders, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Basorun Seinde Arogbofa, Chief Korede Duyile, called on the Nigeria Police to make open report of its investigation on the slain Fasoranti’s daughter, Mrs Funke Olakunrin who was shot dead seven months ago in Ore axis.
The Communique :
AMOTEKUN IS A BATTLE WON IN FEDERALISM WAR
“Amotekun is a battle won in Federalism war:Meeting reviewed the recent struggle to assert the right of the South West to establish operation Amotekun and concluded it is a battle won against the imperial Federal Government by the strong will of the west and its freedom loving friends across Nigeria;
“Meeting further noted that but for the depth of despair unitary rule has sunk Nigeria’, states having security guards should not have been any issue as the 1999 constitution recognizes the right of state to protect lives and property and “State” does not mean only Federal Government but states and Local Governments;
“Meeting observed that only carpenters posing as lawyers would ever say that security is on any exclusive list as there is no law that stops individuals from securing their premises talk less of state actors;
“The jejune argument by spokesmen of our tormentors that the FG has failed to protect us against, that having a security outfit that cuts across states is unacceptable was seen as a non-sequitur as Yoruba are a homogenous group once under a region which Nigeria broke into states;
“Meeting affirmed that Yoruba would find it hard to oppose Amotekun in any other part of Nigeria if it owns Hisbah, Lafiya Dole and harbors Boko Haram and Miyetti Allah that are tormenting the country and making President Trump to consider placing Nigeria on travel ban;
“Meeting rejected any attempt to subsume Amotekun under the Community Policing scheme of the Federal Government which is just being informants to the Nigerian police. Amotekun should be independent in carrying out the security of residents of South West with defined operational cooperation with the police but not its subordinate;.
“That while Amotekun has now come to stay there must be no let or hindrance in the pursuit of a federal Nigeria so we can revert to the multi-level policing status of Nigeria of the past which saw the Nigerian Railway corporation having it’s own police;
The Communique reads that, “in this regard ,we are happy with the Senate President ,Senator Ahmed Lawan declaration of support for issues in Federalism especially multi-level policing and we enjoin the National Assembly to see it as the urgent business of now; Meeting commended the South West Governors for standing firm on Yoruba consensus on Amotemekun without blinking. They showed they are proper borns.
“It equally appreciated our friends in OHANAEZE,PANDEF and MIDDLE BELT FORUM who stood solidly with us.Special recognition was taken of those individuals who spoke in clear Language at the moment of crisis such as Prof Wole Soyinka ,Chief Afe Babalola (SAN),Alhaji Abubakar Atiku,Prof Itse Sagay(SAN),Mr Femi Falana,and others too numerous to mention.
“They shamed the agents of backwardness who opposed Amotekun and by extension the right of vulnerable groups in Nigeria to defend their lives.
“IGP sponsored lawlessness in Oyo State:Meeting condemned in the strongest terms the lawlessness going on in Oyo Stste over LG dissolution following the call to self- help by the IGP .
“We are miffed that the AGF is not appraised of the fact that Section 7 of the constitution which provides for the ,existence administration and finance of LGs being the duty of states and not the Federal Government. Any pupil lawyer should know that you cannot enforce a judgement a state is not party to on it as every case is an authority for what it decides.
“He is forcing a judgement Oyo is not a party to on it. Besides ,there are two cases in court on the Oyo LG crisis that the AGF and IGP should have waited for determination before instigating the lawlessness being precipitated in Oyo state.
“We commend the state Government for the maturity with which it has handled the master and it is encouraged to continue on that line until the court decides .
The FG shoplift bury its head in shame for being agent of destabilization once again.
“Arson in our markets: Finally, meeting expressed concern at the recent fire outbreaks in some of the biggest markets in Yorubsland .Such incidents have occurred at Akesan market in Oyo town ,Bosi Onabanjo market in Ijebu-Ode,Amu market in Lagos ,Sabo market in Sagamu ,Bisi Egbeyemi Market in Ekiti and Ojatuntun market in Ile -Ife.
While we are not coming to the conclusion yet that there is a deliberate sabotage on our economy ,we call on our governors to investigate these incidents and increase security around our markets and business facilities .
“Who killed Funke Olakunrin?:Meeting expressed its disgust with the Nigerian Police Force that almost 7 months after the murder of our Leader’s daughter, the police has stopped any form of investigation into the dastardly act without any briefing to the family.
“We are left with no option at this stage than to conclude that she was a victim of political assassination necessitating state cover-up.We challenge the police to do its job on this matter in spite of our disappointment with them. We also invoke her spirit to remain restless until the killers and masterminds of her death are exposed and brought before the temple of Justice,” Afenifere concluded.