Amotekun and the need for state police » Letters » Tribune Online


The launch of South-West regional security outfit codenamed Amotekun in Ibadan which was declared illegal by the Federal Government has continued to generate mixed reactions from Nigerians. The formation of Amotekun as stated by Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State is “to complement the Nigeria Police Force in addressing the problems of banditry, army robbery and farmers/herders clashes.”

The 1999 Constitution puts the control of security agencies such as the police, army, navy, air force and paramilitary organisations under the control of the Federal Government. It falls under the exclusive legislative list. The constitutional arrangement leaves state government with little or no…

Source: Nigerian Tribune