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Yoruba States’ Security Outfit ‘Amotekun’, Takes Off

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…Hunters, OPC To Be Deployed

By Our Correspondent, Ibadan

The Joint Police Force and the Yoruba states’ vigilantes organised to protect the region from kidnapping and other forms of crime is set for takeoff.

‘Amotekun’, the joint security outfit was conceived in July at the height of serious security challenges in the region. Though its commencement was delayed due to hitches in the recruitment of personnel and the need to review operation guidelines, it finally takes off.

‘Operation Amotekun’, as the outfit is tagged is a product of the security summit organised by the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) commissioned by the six governors in June.

The summit was organised to tackle the wave of kidnappings, armed robberies and other forms of criminality which peaked in the region at the time.

The governors reasoned that a joint regional security outfit was necessary to confront crimes and prevent its continuation. But the security challenge has subsided as a result of individual efforts by the states.

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Operation Amotekun will be a two-layer operation – at the central level and at the local level.

One hundred and twenty vehicles will be deployed for the central operation with the headquarters in Gbongan, Osun State on the Ibadan-Ile-Ife highway.

Each of the six states of Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Ondo, Ekiti and Lagos will supply 20 vehicles.

According to the plan, the personnel for the operation will be made up of local hunters, members of vigilance groups specifically hired, men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC).

The outfit will be managed by a regional committee that will comprise representatives of each state. The committee’s office is expected to be sited in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

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The police component will be headed by an assistant commissioner of police.

A source close to the project said that the six states are ready for Amotekun’s inauguration. All huddles, it was gathered, have been cleared.

The states have each procured 20 patrol vans, equipped with communication and security gadgets. Other security vehicles procured by the states will be deployed for state-based operations. This will ensure that criminals are choked in, unable to escape from one state to another.

According to the source, the vehicles for the operation will be brought to Ibadan for branding and inauguration on January 9, unless there is a last-minute change of plan. The operational bases for Amotekun in each state is also ready.

Journalists who visited the Olajokun Park on the Ibadan-Ife expressway at Gbongan, which will serve as the operational base for Amotekun, observed that rehabilitation work had commenced. Weeding of the compound is almost done with, while the buildings are being painted.

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The copy of the Standard Operating Practice (SOP) is being reviewed by the governors.

The final submission will be finetuned by a committee, including representatives of DAWN Commission for the final draft to be approved by the governors before the outfit is unveiled.

Another source close to the project explained that the ongoing review would re-examine the mechanism and tools to be used and the oversight functions of Amotekun in relation to conventional security agencies.

“If all these are not properly defined, Amotekun will take off on a faulty foundation.” The source added.

The reviewed document is expected to be endorsed by all stakeholders, led by Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, who is the chairman of the Southwest Governors’ Forum, before January 9.

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Kogi State Chairman Security Trust Fund, Hon. Samari Appeals To All Road Users To Ensure Their Vehicles Are In Order.

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Chairman Kogi State Security Trust Fund, Hon Abdulmalik Samari has appealed to all road users to be sure their vehicles are road Worthy to avoid Carnage on thr road.

Hon. Samari made the statement in an exclusive chat with journalists in lokoja, the state capital.

While condoling with the victims of the recent Felele tragedy, described the incident as tragic and shocking.

He called on the relevant authorities to ensure vehicles are road Worthy to save lives and to minimise the rates of accidents on the road.

He assured the residents of the state of his agencies commitment to the protection of lives and properties in the State. According to him, Kogi state Security Trust Fund will compliment the efforts of the state government in making Kogi safe for economic activities to strive.

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He used the medium to commensurate with the families who lost their loved ones in the tragic inferno.

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Shuaibu Abubakar Audu’s Foundation Condoles With KSG, Felele Community, Over Tanker Explosion

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Alhaji Shuaibu Abubakar Audu, Executive Director Stanbic IBTC Bank Lagos.

Yahaya Idris, Lokoja.

Grand Patron Shuaibu Abubakar Audu’s Foundation and Executive Director, Stanbic IBTC, Alhaji Shuaibu Abubakar Audu, has commiserated with the state government, people of Kogi State and Felele community over the recent fire incident that claimed about 30 lives.

The incident, which also resulted in the destruction of valuable properties, occurred in one of the most busy area in the State capital.

Alhaji Shuaibu Abubakar Audu described the ugly incident as a major setback to the economic development of Lokoja and entire Kogi State

A statement signed and issue by the foundation’s Media Office in Lokoja where its expressed sadness over the fire disaster, especially for lives lost to the inferno.

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The statement further read in parts: “We write to sympathise with you, to sympathise with the people of Felele community of Lokoja, business community, school community and all the families affected by this disaster.

“For us, this is also a major setback for the business development, not only in Lokoja but the entire Kogi State and the nation in general. But our major concern is the families of those who lost their loved ones. We would like to use this opportunity to condole them and to pray that God grant the souls of the deceased peaceful repose.”

Alhaji Shuaibu Abubakar Audu is a son to first and second Executive Governor of Kogi State, Prince Abubakar Audu of the blessed memory.

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Chairman Of APC Committee Mala Buni Endorses APC Newsonline, Calls For Support.

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Yobe State Governor and APC Care Taker Committee Chairman, Mai Mala Buni

The Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Mai Mala Buni had endorsed APCnewsonline (www.APCnewsonline.ng), as a potent tool for information and promotion of the nation’s ruling party.

Mala Buni, who is also the Governor of Yobe State and former National Secretary of the APC, also recommended the online news medium to government agencies and the party’s various arms for patronage and support as it carries out its activities of projecting, not just the party but the activities of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration and other APC-led administrations across the country.

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The APC caretaker Chairman gave the endorsement and recommendation in a letter dated September 2, 2020.

He wrote: “APC Newsonline is a credible medium for general information and news update on the party and APC-led government. They are dedicated to promote the activities of the government and party at all levels through prompt and effective information dissemination for the overall benefit of the party and government. The medium will consolidate efforts to put our party and government in proper perspective, particularly our progressive mantra.

“It is a compelling news medium and a valuable addition to the existing efforts of the officials handlers of the party and the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration. We are confident that their experience, particularly in the media industry, will be of great value to your office and activities.”

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The APC Newsonline is the brainchild of Dr. Tom Ohikere, a media expert and two term Commissioner of Information in Kogi State. He has been in the forefront of efforts at projecting the activities of President Buhari’s administration and the ruling APC over the years.

He is also a founding father of the party in Kogi State, where he partnered with other leaders to make the party a household name.

APC NewsOnline is on a mission to promote and project the collective interests of the APC through media engagements, as it aims to find solutions to the media challenges of the party.

It also seeks to strengthen the relationships between the government, party leaders, stakeholders, and the general public through prompt and effective information dissemination for the overall benefit of the party.

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