Southwest stakeholders applaud governors, IGP over new security initiative
The Southwest Stakeholders’ Security Group (SSSG) has applauded the move by governors to start a joint security taskforce across the zone.
Rising from a meeting in Lagos, yesterday, Convener of the group, Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, gave his nod to the new initiative, saying it is ready to complement the efforts of the governors and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) in their plan to make the Southwest safe for the people.
The governors had, last week, resolved to start the new security outfit on January 9.According to them, the security taskforce codenamed Operation Amotekun, would create the needed synergy between the states, to ensure the safety and security of the region.
Adams, however, said the group had not been contacted by the governors on the modus operandi, especially in recruitment of members of the outfit, with just five days to the commencement of the initiative. The group said it was necessary that members should be people with integrity, saying anything short of that would amount to an exercise in futility.
Adams said efforts to curb the security challenges in the region was beginning to yield positive results, pointing out that the group, since inception in July 2019, had made significant efforts to reduce the spate of insecurity in the Southwest.“All over the world, security of lives and property remains the top priority of every government. It is when the country is safe and secure that we can think of other necessities,” he said.
Adams said that though the situation had reduced drastically with the emergence of the SSSG, there is renewed tension with the recent invasion of some communities in the region.