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We are set to kick off Operation Amotekun — South-West governors

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The Chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu, has said the region’s security outfit, Operation Amotekun, will kick off any moment from now.

The Ondo State Governor, who spoke through his Special Adviser on Security Matters, Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo, said this after the meeting between  South-West governors and  Vice-President  Yemi Osinbajo  in Abuja on Thursday.

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He said, “As it is now, we are good to go; any moment from now the operation will kick off. We are commencing our recruitment any moment from now  in line with  government position.

He also said they would  send a bill to the  House of Assembly to begin legislative work on the outfit.

Akeredolu said, “We have involved the House of Assembly and  the Attorney General is also involved. We will send the bill very soon. That is what we  discussed in our meeting in Ibadan and we have concluded that everything will be in line with the community policing arrangement.”

 We must restructure, present system isn’t working – Akerodolu

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Akerodolu had earlier said Nigeria must be restructured to secure its borders and attain its full potential.

He said  the issue was  beyond Ametokun.

Akerodolu said this in an interview with  reporters in Abuja on Friday.

The Ondo State  Governor restated  the forum  and the  All Progressives Congress’ commitment to restructuring.

He said, “We are committed to restructuring this country, we are not saying it because of Ametokun. This country must be restructured and we have said  it  openly. The APC has it in its constitution and part of our manifesto. Restructuring was stated clearly, that we will do it, why we have not done it, nobody knows but we have to.

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“There have been some efforts to  restructure  (the country) and we can give credit to those who  have been making  some efforts at restructuring in one way or another. For us, restructuring is not something we can compromise because that is the only way for this country; we must restructure, we cannot continue this way.

“Everybody  must  have  a sense of belonging and the only way is for us to carry out this restructuring.”

Akerodolu said it  was not true that  the region  was  planning to secede, hence Amotekun.

He said the regional outfit was designed to assist states share cost as well as information to secure the life and property.

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