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Oyo State Governor Makinde accuses some forces of working to sabotage Amotekun Operations

By on January 17, 2021 0 113 Views

By GFDNews Correspondent

 

Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has accused some unidentified people of working toward ensuring the failure of the Oyo State Security Network Agency, also known as Operation Amotekun.

“I have to tell you that there are people among us who don’t want Amotekun to succeed and they will use lies and disinformation to push their agenda.

“We must realise where we are coming from and where we really want to be,” Makinde said.
On recent allegations of killing by operatives of Amotekun, the governor stated: “Any killing by Amotekun, especially when it happens in error, is regrettable. The case of the 23-year-old Tosin Thomas in Mokola area of Ibadan is condemnable.

“As a government, we have made it abundantly clear that we do not want any life to be lost in any avoidable circumstance and that is why we won’t hesitate to impose punishment on any Amotekun operative that is caught doing things against the law that set up the organization.

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“As you may be aware, the officer who pulled the trigger has been dismissed and handed over to the police while his entire team has also been dismissed for being found culpable.

“For the past six weeks that Amotekun has been deployed, we have seen various reports in newspapers. Most of these reports are good but a few are bad.

“And of the bad, quite a number are false information and fake news. For example, some newspapers carried a report that Amotekun killed seven Fulani herdsmen in Ibarapa,” Makinde said.
“Community policing is the way forward and we have to make it work. If somebody says he is abused by Amotekun and he cannot pinpoint the Amotekun personnel in such area, the person is probably not from that neighbourhood and he is a fake news carrier.

“On a general level, whether it is the police or Amotekun, I know we do have trust deficit between the people and the authorities, and this makes it easier to think the worst of people in authority,” the governor stated.
Makinde said “But we should not cut our noses to spite our faces. We must find a balance so that we do not turn the people trying to protect us to our enemies.”

He said he was aware that the trust deficit exists and he has to do more to bridge that gap and to earn the trust of the people.
The governor promised to put in place measures to ensure that Amotekun adheres strictly to standards and ethics that will continue to foster public confidence in the outfit.

According to hi, anyone who has a genuine case against members of the Amotekun Corps should come forward with their grievances.

“You can use any of the channels we have put in place to make your case known and I can assure you that the case will be pursued to the full extent of law,” the governor said.

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