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Operation Amotekun: Carry Illegal Arms, Be Arrested, Police Warn OPC, Hunters by sarrki(m): 3:05am On Jan 13
The police on Sunday strongly warned the South-West Stakeholders Security Group working with the Western Nigeria Security Outfit codenamed Operation Amotekun (leopard), against any breach of security.

The police commands in Ekiti, Ogun and Ondo states during separate interviews with our correspondents, said they would not tolerate illegal possession of firearms by the members of the group.

They said anybody in possession of illegal weapons would be arrested.

Also, a top police officer, who confided in The PUNCH, said the operatives could only use Dane guns, which do not use cartridges.

The SSSG, comprising the Oodua Peoples Congress, the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, the South-West Hunters Association, the South-West Agbekoya Group, Agbekoya Farmers Society Group, Yoruba Youth Council and the Community Security Awareness Initiative Corps of Nigeria, is led by Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Chief Gani Adams.

Lagos, Osun and Ekiti state governments had, on Friday, said they would recruit about 1,320 operatives from the OPC and other groups for the Operation Amotekun, which was launched by the South-West states on Thursday.

The states, had before the launch, said the OPC and other members of the SSSG, would be used for intelligence gathering.

But Adams, in an interview with The PUNCH on Monday, said the OPC members and others should not be used for intelligence gathering alone.

He said for effectiveness, they should be trained and supervised by the police. “Security is about life and death. The police and other security agents can train them and license their gun use to greatly assist in the operation. They should not detain suspects but hand them over to the police,’’ Adams said.

Following serial killings and kidnapping in the South-West, governors in governors in the zone had at a meeting

in June decided to set up Operation Amotekun.

No fewer than 120 patrol vehicles were on Thursday made available to the security outfit.

The Police Public Relations Officer for the Ekiti State Police Command, Sunday Abutu, said any OPC member that had prohibited firearms would be arrested.

Abutu said it was the responsibility of the police to arrest and prosecute any individual or group bearing arms illegally.

The police spokesman, who said the community security outfits like the vigilantes and hunters could not carry prohibited firearms, said, “The approved local vigilante groups can only carry Dane guns.

“Even people that are going to use those ones (Dane and local guns) have to be approved by the police. The police know those ones that are prohibited and the ones that such groups can use.

“Once we see anybody or group with prohibited firearms, we will arrest them because they are not allowed to carry such.”

You can’t carry AK-47 rifles, police tell Amotekun operatives

The Police Public Relations Officer in Ogun State, Abimbola Oyeyemi, also warned that any civilian member of the Operation Amotekun found guilty of using unlicensed firearms would be arrested.

He said the command would not condone any form of possession of prohibited firearms from members of the Amotekun security operation.

According to him, anybody that does not belong to any security agency, such as the army, the police, and the customs, cannot carry AK-47 rifles.

According to Oyeyemi, the essence of issuing the firearm licence is to have biometric data of the bearer in such a way that if the person uses it to commit a crime, the police will arrest such a person.

He said, “You cannot be in the possession of prohibited firearms and you expect us to condone that. For example, somebody who does not belong to any security agency such as the army, the police and the customs cannot carry an AK-47 rifle. You can’t carry a pump-action.”

Also, the Ondo Police Command said it was illegal for anybody to possess firearms without being licensed.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Femi Joseph, said anyone who wished to get firearms should get the licence.

He said, “There are categories of firearms. The ones that are prohibited are those ones using cartridges. If you are carrying them without being licensed, it is illegal, but the Dane guns used by local hunters in the farm are not prohibited because they don’t use cartridges.”

We’re still expecting governors, DAWN’s invitation, says Agbekoya

In a related development, three days after the launch of the Operation Amotekun, the Agbekoya Farmers Association on Sunday said that the South-West governors and the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria had not incorporated its security arm into the initiative.

The National Publicity Secretary of the group, Chief Tunji Bandele, stated this in an interview with one of our correspondents in Abuja on Sunday.

Bandele, who explained that the farmers’ association had over 2,500 men in its security department, described the Amotekun initiative as the best thing to happen to the Yoruba nation.

Northern elders, Southern Kaduna back Operation Amotekun

Meanwhile, the Convener of Northern Elders’ Forum and former Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Prof Ango Abdullahi, on Sunday commended governors of the South-West for establishing Operation Amotekun.

His position is contrary to an assertion by some northern youths that Amotekun is a military wing of the OPC.

The Northern Youths Council of Nigerian led by Alhaji Isah Abubakar, had on Thursday, urged the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), not to allow what he described as “unconstitutionality” to prevail.

But Abdullahi on Sunday said, “I should support anything which enhances the security of Nigeria and Nigerians anytime, anywhere.”

On its part, the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union hailed the formation of Operation Amotekun.

The National Public Relations Officer of the SOKAPU, Mr Luka Binniyat, in a statement on Sunday, called for the establishment of a similar security outfit in Southern Kaduna and the Middle Belt

The union said this became imperative in view of the spate of killings, kidnapping, arson and looting in the North-Central zone.

It disclosed that the ransoms paid by Christian families, churches and communities in Kaduna had risen from N300m to N400m as of January 11, 2020.

SOKAPU said, “The recent attacks underscore the urgent need for a vibrant, government funded vigilante organisation for every community in Southern Kaduna and indeed the entire Middle Belt.”

KAPU seeks similar outfit in M’Belt

“Adopting this security measure for our communities will not only improve security but also ensure greater safety for our people.

“We strongly support what the Yoruba states have done by establishing Amotekun to secure and protect all law-abiding citizens in their domain.

“We look forward to Ohanaeze Ndigbo and the Niger Delta leaders toeing the same path of the Yoruba states to assist security agencies in protecting their communities.”

Amotekun within ambits of law – Ado Ekiti NBA

The Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association, Ado Ekiti Chapter, Samuel Falade, also said that the South-West governors had not breached any section of the 1999 Constitution by establishing Operation Amotekun.

Falade, who said since the kernel of the existence of any government was to guarantee the security of lives and property, said t the South-West governors only exercised their rights under the law.

A senior police officer in the force headquarters, who spoke on condition of anonymity in Abuja on Sunday, said, “The law on the use or bearing of firearms is clear. Only the police and members of the armed forces are permitted to bear or use firearms.
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Re: Operation Amotekun: Carry Illegal Arms, Be Arrested, Police Warn OPC, Hunters by SURELAND: 3:59am On Jan 13
Hmmmmm......Nigeria is not a Nation, this is unity in diversity nah, forced marriage can not last.


Modified: am first to comment ooo.....fu.k haters, fu.k enemy of regional security.

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Re: Operation Amotekun: Carry Illegal Arms, Be Arrested, Police Warn OPC, Hunters by sarrki(m): 4:02am On Jan 13
Seriously Nigeria police didn’t even know there functions

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Re: Operation Amotekun: Carry Illegal Arms, Be Arrested, Police Warn OPC, Hunters by Bigflamie(m): 4:20am On Jan 13
Arrest those misfits for trying to cause war in this country.

Miscreants trying to take over the job of our Almighty NPF.

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Re: Operation Amotekun: Carry Illegal Arms, Be Arrested, Police Warn OPC, Hunters by ehbellsho(m): 4:28am On Jan 13
Here we go again. I know from the start that they are not in support of this. And they will be acting as if it is well with them.
God pls deliver this nation from every spirit of hypocrisy

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Re: Operation Amotekun: Carry Illegal Arms, Be Arrested, Police Warn OPC, Hunters by EmekaMD(m): 4:31am On Jan 13
But herdsmen carry Ak47 and its ok.
Nigeria Nigeria

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Re: Operation Amotekun: Carry Illegal Arms, Be Arrested, Police Warn OPC, Hunters by SURELAND: 4:44am On Jan 13
ehbellsho:
Here we go again.
I know from the start that they are not in support of this.
And they will be acting as if it is well with them.

God pls deliver this nation from every spirit of hypocrisy
Nigeria is not a nation

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Re: Operation Amotekun: Carry Illegal Arms, Be Arrested, Police Warn OPC, Hunters by itsme01: 4:58am On Jan 13
cool



It is a simple warning, Automatic Assualt Riffle are not lisenced to civilians for safety purpose(even in some states in America), but Amotekun can bare arms like pump action and other semi automatic riffles so long they seek the lisence from State Police Comand(it only cost about 10k and some few questioning),

Funny thing is that most OPC/Agbekoya vigilantees already have lisence to bare Arms and they already have a good working relationship with Police


..

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Re: Operation Amotekun: Carry Illegal Arms, Be Arrested, Police Warn OPC, Hunters by fulaniHERDSman(m): 4:58am On Jan 13
grin

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Re: Operation Amotekun: Carry Illegal Arms, Be Arrested, Police Warn OPC, Hunters by helinues: 4:58am On Jan 13
Better
Re: Operation Amotekun: Carry Illegal Arms, Be Arrested, Police Warn OPC, Hunters by futuregovernor: 5:03am On Jan 13
Which police! Thump up South West,stop whoshiping the North because of 2023

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Re: Operation Amotekun: Carry Illegal Arms, Be Arrested, Police Warn OPC, Hunters by Mynd44: 5:31am On Jan 13
itsme01:
cool



It is a simple warning, Automatic Assualt Riffle are not lisenced to civilians for safety purpose(even in America), but Amotekun can bare arms like pump action and other semi automatic riffles so long they seek the lisence from State Police Comand(it only cost about 10k and some few questioning),

Funny thing is that most OPC/Agbekoya vigilantes already have lisence to bare Arms and they already have a good working relationship with Police


..

Very simple stuff.

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Re: Operation Amotekun: Carry Illegal Arms, Be Arrested, Police Warn OPC, Hunters by catoluy: 5:36am On Jan 13
Only an idiot who doesn't know Nigeria will believe that Amotekun will be allowed to carry similar arms as Police or even Fulani. People commending Amotekun are just being disengenious because they know it got no power or ability to resist anything.

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Re: Operation Amotekun: Carry Illegal Arms, Be Arrested, Police Warn OPC, Hunters by Nobody: 5:36am On Jan 13
itsme01:
cool



It is a simple warning, Automatic Assualt Riffle are not lisenced to civilians for safety purpose(even in America), but Amotekun can bare arms like pump action and other semi automatic riffles so long they seek the lisence from State Police Comand(it only cost about 10k and some few questioning),

Funny thing is that most OPC/Agbekoya vigilantees already have lisence to bare Arms and they already have a good working relationship with Police


..

Yeah, you are right

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Re: Operation Amotekun: Carry Illegal Arms, Be Arrested, Police Warn OPC, Hunters by Mouthgag: 5:37am On Jan 13
Lol



If not for the uselessness and incompetence of you people (police), would there have been a need to create all these irrelevant village forces like;
Civil defense
Bakassi boys
Opc
neighborhood Blablabla
And now amotekun?


Foolish people

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Re: Operation Amotekun: Carry Illegal Arms, Be Arrested, Police Warn OPC, Hunters by geozone: 5:37am On Jan 13
but AK47 is standard issue for heardsmen and that is okay?

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Re: Operation Amotekun: Carry Illegal Arms, Be Arrested, Police Warn OPC, Hunters by Rapmoney(m): 5:37am On Jan 13
Hahahahahaha! Dane guns!! Hehehehehehe!!! grin

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Re: Operation Amotekun: Carry Illegal Arms, Be Arrested, Police Warn OPC, Hunters by lgbesachick: 5:40am On Jan 13
Miyetti_Allah spokeman have spoken

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Re: Operation Amotekun: Carry Illegal Arms, Be Arrested, Police Warn OPC, Hunters by Auladimeji(m): 5:41am On Jan 13
If not that the police fumbled, who's OPC,Amotekun and co. to carry gun.
This civilians drinks ogogoro early in the morning and if they shot an armless civilian, who will hold them accountable,unlike the police, who can go to prison and the victim can be compensated

My mind is not still with this Amotekun at all,we see how common OPC kills boys in the street and lie against the victim whereby going unpunish

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Re: Operation Amotekun: Carry Illegal Arms, Be Arrested, Police Warn OPC, Hunters by Emilokoiyawon: 5:43am On Jan 13
cool cool cool
Re: Operation Amotekun: Carry Illegal Arms, Be Arrested, Police Warn OPC, Hunters by profilemessages: 5:43am On Jan 13
most of them don't even know what is "amotekun" , so how do you expect them to understand the project?
Re: Operation Amotekun: Carry Illegal Arms, Be Arrested, Police Warn OPC, Hunters by xreal: 5:45am On Jan 13
Only herdsmen are permitted to carry guns freely.

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Re: Operation Amotekun: Carry Illegal Arms, Be Arrested, Police Warn OPC, Hunters by aremuforlife(m): 5:45am On Jan 13
Police are always afraid as if they want to take over their job, They are always afraid of competition. How do you expect me to be secure a region with lots of criminal activities without bearing ammunition.
They must be a synergy between, They need to mentor the young security outfit and not feel unsecured

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Re: Operation Amotekun: Carry Illegal Arms, Be Arrested, Police Warn OPC, Hunters by profilemessages: 5:45am On Jan 13
ignorance, poverty, arrogance, tools easily used by politicians to brainwash Nigerian youths, well I don't blame the leaders, I blame their followers, PHAROAH led many into the sea!!!!

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Re: Operation Amotekun: Carry Illegal Arms, Be Arrested, Police Warn OPC, Hunters by Trump2020: 5:46am On Jan 13
Our SW brothers shouldn't be intimidated. The East is behind them.

You dont fight people armed with automatic ruffles with Dane guns

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Re: Operation Amotekun: Carry Illegal Arms, Be Arrested, Police Warn OPC, Hunters by freeDR(m): 5:46am On Jan 13
The kind of gun Amotekun bears is immaterial at this stage.

What matters more is that it has been launched and there's an awareness all over the nooks and crannies of the country that matters of security in the SouthWest isn't going to be business as usual.

Amotekun is not a military initiative. It's a security initiative, and security has more important components to it that AK 47s.

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Re: Operation Amotekun: Carry Illegal Arms, Be Arrested, Police Warn OPC, Hunters by Edu3Again: 5:46am On Jan 13
Welcome to cattle republic of Nigeria!

Please I think the South West should accept that this marriage called Nigeria is dead




Fulani Herdsmen carry arms,the police disarm indigenes to make sure u cant defend urself

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Re: Operation Amotekun: Carry Illegal Arms, Be Arrested, Police Warn OPC, Hunters by hischoice(m): 5:48am On Jan 13
Who is Àmọ̀tẹ́kùn to want to compete with us in the business of citizens exploitation?

We've put in years of hardwork and diligence. Now competition is here. They want to share in the harvest. No way. We die here.

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Re: Operation Amotekun: Carry Illegal Arms, Be Arrested, Police Warn OPC, Hunters by Felajack: 5:49am On Jan 13
The police feeling threatened already as if their salaries will be slashed into two with the institutionalization of Amotekun.
Bunch of unprofessional gun carrying rats.

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Re: Operation Amotekun: Carry Illegal Arms, Be Arrested, Police Warn OPC, Hunters by baby124: 5:49am On Jan 13
As long as Herdsmen carry guns, Amotekun must carry guns too. What has police done about disarming herdsmen? Come and arrest Amotekun now so you can all be disgraced finally.

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Re: Operation Amotekun: Carry Illegal Arms, Be Arrested, Police Warn OPC, Hunters by WalkerMichael(m): 5:49am On Jan 13
But herdsmen can carry arms without any arrest?

Now, its getting clearer.

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Re: Operation Amotekun: Carry Illegal Arms, Be Arrested, Police Warn OPC, Hunters by BackToLife: 5:52am On Jan 13
Trump2020:
Our SW brothers shouldn't be intimidated. The East is behind them.

You dont fight people armed with automatic ruffles with Dane guns
Gullible myopic betrayers and agent saboteurs like Sarki among the South Westerners are the major problem. They've been enslaved and brainwashed to arselick those killing their own very brothers and sisters.

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