The South-West states set out to train vigilantes, hunters and members of the Oodua People’s Congress who will take part in the Western Nigeria Security Outfit Codenamed Operation Amotekun (leopard).
The South-West governors had, at a security summit organised by the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria, said they would set up the operation, following serial killings and kidnapping in the zone by Fulani herdsmen.
More explanations on Operation Amotekun, Ogundana says vigilantes, the OPC members and local hunters billed for the operation in terms of gathering information, would be drawn from their communities.
Chief Press Secretary to Osun State Governor, Ismail Omipidan, stated that the successful use of the civilian Joint Task Force in the fight against insurgency in the North-East was considered before settling for those he regarded as locals for intelligence-gathering.
“The vigilantes, OPC members and hunters who know the terrain very well will in turn work with the army and the police from different places and may not know the terrain as much as the local groups.
Members of the Yoruba groups, including the OPC, hunters and vigilantes, had been slated for intelligence gathering and training, which would both enhance the relationship between the groups and security agencies that would be directly involved in the operation, and facilitate better relations with the police and soldiers.
Meanwhile, governments of Ondo and Ekiti states have contacted the South-West Stakeholders Security Group for the inclusion of its members in Operation Amotekun.