Sanwo-Olu Hosts SW Govs, Police IG To Unite On Amotekun

Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-olu has on Friday said that he hosted the meeting of South West Governors and the IG of Police where they talked about issues around community policing.

In a statement released on @Sanwo-olu’s social media page, he explained that “the meeting adopted operational modalities for Operation Amotekun to be a state-led effort as opposed to a regional security operation.”

Adding that in order to ensure professionalism, “the police will be part of the recruitment and training of Amotekun operatives as we work to make our communities safer.

“It was gratifying that the IGP commended the example Lagos has set for the country in community policing with our existing model”, the statement said.

During the meeting, they agreed that Amotekun will not be a regional outfit, but state-based.

Following the passage of the Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN), codenamed Operation Amotekun on January 9 in Ibadan, the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami declared the outfit illegal.

But, after a meeting with the Federal Government, the governors agreed to ‘unbundle’ the regional connotation and formalize its establishments in the six states with relevant legislation.

Fayemi had hinted of plans by the governors to simultaneously sign the bills into law today.

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