- … the situation could have been worse if not for their intervention.
A lawmaker representing Oyo South Senatorial District, Kola Balogun, has called on the Federal Government to grant the South West Security Network also known as Amotekun the license to bear arms.
The lawmaker made the call on Monday when he featured as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
“Let me also say that I am aware that the Amotekun personnel have requested that the Inspector-General of Police grant them the license to be well-equipped. As we speak now, they are not as equipped as these invaders who are savages and who go on the rampage,” Senator Balogun explained.
“I appeal to the IG and the police to grant them (Amotekun personnel) the license to be well-equipped as long as what they are doing is in support of what the police is doing.”
The lawmaker while condemning the weekend attack on Igangan Community in Oyo State which claimed 11 lives, lauded the Amotekun operatives and other local vigilante groups, explaining that the situation could have been worse if not for their intervention.
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“Amotekun is active and Amotekun is working even with the police. As a matter of fact, the situation would have been worse but for Amotekun and other local security outfits because from the report that I got, the people that came to invade had bigger plans than what happened,” he added while noting that Amotekun now has a joint patrol across the region.
“It was the community, the Amotekun, the local vigilantes that were mobilised in the middle of the night even though they were ambushed because they were not expecting them but they actually mitigated the effect of the damage.”
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