President Muhammadu Buhari has summoned the six governors from the South West region to a meeting at Aso Rock.
The meeting will address the launch of the new security service code-named Amotekun created by the six governors. The six governors, Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Gboyega Oyetola (Osun) Dapo Abiodun (Ogun) Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti) and Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos) last year agreed to establish a security outfit that will put a stop to the insecurity situation in the region and it is now at the cusp of being launched in Ibadan
The launching will be presided over by Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu who is the Chairman, Southwest Governors’ Forum.
The meeting at Aso Rock is aimed at discussing the details of Amotekun and why the FGN should allow it to be deployed. The outfit jointly established by Oyo, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Ekiti and Osun states was born out of a need to address the heightened kidnapping and armed robbery mostly on highways in the region and was created after a security summit organized by the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) in July last year.
The security force will include members of a vigilante group in each state, security experts and conventional security agencies including the police and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).