Why I didn’t attend launch of Operation Amotekun, Gov. Abiodun

Femi Adeleke
Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun on Sunday denied the report making the round that he shunned the launch of “Operation Amotekun”, a joint security outfit set up by the SouthWest State.
Abiodun who spoke in an interview with journalists at the sideline of the Annual Thanksgiving Service, organised by former Governor Gbenga Daniel in Sagamu, described the report that he and some of his colleagues were absent boycotted the launch of Operation Amotekun in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital last Friday because they were no longer in support of Amotekun as not only incorrect but also a total falsehood.
Amotekun, a joint security patrol is an initiative of the SouthWest States of Oyo, Ondo, Ekiti, Lagos, Osun and Ogun to beef up security in the region.
Amotekun was launched in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on Friday, January 10 and each State was to donate 20 patrol vehicles each for the take off.
The event was attended by Governors Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti State), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo State), Seyi Makinde (Oyo State), while Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos State), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun State) and Gboyega Oyetola (Osun State) were absent.
Governor Abiodun was represented by his Deputy, Mrs. Noimot Salako-Oyedele.
But reacting to reports, Governor Abiodun insisted that Ogun State was fully in support of Operation Amotekun having donated 20 patrol vehicles to the Operation.
His words, “Amotekun was conceived to be a joint patrol initiative of all the six South West States. That initiative was mooted and the idea was, each state would contribute law enforcement agencies to the Amotekun, meaning Ogun will contribute, Lagos will contribute and this was meant to be controlled and operated by the Nigeria police.
“It was going to be a joint effort — Nigerian Police, Civil Defence, hunters, vigilantes, those ones actually have access to a lot of intelligence that the police may not have.
“So, we felt it was important for them to complement the efforts of the police. This initiative came up when we had the South West security meeting, the IG was in attendance. All of us subscribed to it.
“Now, we decided that we are going to launch it. We donated 20 vehicles each to that initiative. On that particular day, we have a previous date which we were committed to and when that date did not hold and a new date was communicated to us, I already had other plans but I sent my deputy.
“My Deputy did not only attend, she drove one of the vehicles. So, this story going round that I shunned it, I didn’t attend is baseless. It’s not true,” the Governor affirmed.
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