Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has come out to explain the logic behind the setting up of Amotekun, the security outfit in South West, which Abubakar Malami, Attorney General of the Federation, dismissed as illegal.
Fayemi said the issue now should not be about whether Federal Government or governors can misuse Police or any security outfit. Power unrestrained, according to him, is always misused. “That initiatives are springing up points to the fact that citizens are not happy with the security situation in the land.”
“How will Amotekun be in conflict with the Police? Those who have obsession with Governors should declare their interest. Does the Federal government not misuse Police in 2014? I was a sitting Governor, I had immunity; I was assaulted. Go into history books. What we should be talking about is how to make sure the security institution is accountable within the frameworks of democratic control.
“It is not about whether Federal Government or governors can misuse Police or any security outfit. Power, unrestrained is always misused. That different initiatives are springing up points to the fact that citizens are not happy with the security situation in the land.
“Governors have a duty and responsibility that are spelt out in the constitution: The security and welfare of the citizens should be their number one priority. So, if people in my own area of jurisdiction are saying ‘we don’t know what you are doing’, should something not be done? We are funding Police, we are buying vehicles, we are buying security gadgets, we are paying allowances, yet we don’t get enough security.
“There is nothing unique about what we are doing. I am glad that Governor Lalong said ‘we haven’t seen the details of what you are doing but we are working on a similar arrangement in our own area…’
“Amotekun is a confidence building measure to include our people in the community policing arrangement. Even the Police Act encourages what is called Police Constabulary. There is nothing we are doing that is new. Yesterday, Governor Zulum was handing over vehicles to the Military, Police, Civilian JTF. JTF is considered relevant in the North East because the members know the people, they understand the terrain, they have more security intelligence than even the Police because they live among the people. Boko Haram members are not from outer space. What we are doing is not an exception at all. We will not allow Amotekun to be used as a machinery of oppression against the people….”