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Pan-Yoruba socio-political group,
Afenifere, yesterday declared that the South-west security outfit, Amotekun,
was a battle won in favour of true federalism

In a statement issued at the end of its
general assembly held in the house of its leader, Pa. Reuben Fasoranti,
yesterday in Akure, the Ondo State capital, Afenifere declared that “Amotekun
is a war won in federalism,” accusing the Federal Government of complicity in
the murder of Fasoranti’s daughter, Olufunke Olakunri.


The Yoruba elders expressed dismay that
the Nigeria Police stopped an investigation into the death of Olakunri, who was
killed last year July by gunmen along Ore/Lagos Expressway.

“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 their 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,” they said.

While speaking with journalists, the
National Publicity Secretary, Mr Yinka Odumakin, affirmed that the six states
in the South-west region had the constitutional backing to establish their
security outfit.

“It is a battle won in favour of true
Federalism coming with a strong will of the west and its freedom-loving friends
across Nigeria

“The meeting rejected any attempt to
subsume Amotekun under the community policing scheme of the Federal Government
which is just being informants to the police.

“Amotekun should be independent in
carrying out the task of providing security for residents of the South West
with defined operational cooperation with the police, but not subordinate.

“Amotekun has now come to stay and
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,” he said.

Odumakin flayed those that are opposed
to the security outfit, saying “only carpenters posing as lawyers would ever
say that security is on an exclusive list as there is no law that stops
individuals from securing their premises, talk less of state actors.

“Yoruba are a homogenous group, once
under a region which Nigeria broke into states. The meeting affirmed that
Yoruba would find it hard to oppose Amotekun in any other part of Nigeria as
Hisbah, Boko Haram and Miyetti Allah are tormenting the country.”

Odumakin, who argued further that the
Nigerian Railway Corporation used to have its own police, lauded the Senate
President, Ahmed Lawan, for supporting federalism, especially the multi-level
policing.

Afenifere lauded the South-west
governors for standing firm on Yoruba consensus on Amotekun without blinking.

The elders condemned the lawlessness in
Oyo State, accusing the inspector general of police of fomenting trouble over
local government dissolution.

“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 local governments being the duty of
states and not the Federal Government.

“Any pupil lawyer should know that you
cannot enforce a judgment on a state that is not a party, and not every case is an
authority for one to decides. He is forcing a judgment on Oyo that is not a party”.

“Besides, there are two cases in court
on the Oyo LG crisis. The AGF and IGP should have waited for the determination
of the cases before instigating the lawlessness being precipitated in Oyo
State.

“We commend the state government for
the maturity with which it has handled the matter and it is encouraged to
continue on that line until the court decides. The FG should bury its head in
shame for being an agent of destabilization once again.”

Afenifere lamented the rising
insecurity in the country as President Mohammadu Buhari also expressed dismay
at the heightened developments in the North-west zone, stating that he was
particularly taken aback by the seemingly unending insecurity in other parts of
the country.

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