Operation Amotekun: Heavy Security in South-Western Cities as Protests Commence

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SWITZERLAND, JANUARY 21 – Media reports indicate that there is heavy police presence in various cities across South-Western Nigeria as youths gathered to protest in support of the pan-Yoruba security outfit; Operation Amotekun.

In Osun state, members of the Yoruba World Congress thronged the streets of Osogbo, Osun State capital in solidarity for the Western Nigeria Security outfit codenamed Amotekun outlawed by the Federal Government 48-hour after its inauguration.

Security operatives, consisting of Police, Department of State Security, Civil Defense Corps were also visible in their numbers to ensure that the protest is not hijacked by hoodlums. The procession started at exactly 10:30 led by the coordinator, Dr. Akin Adejumo and escorted by the security operatives.

In Ondo State, members of the National Association of Nigerian Students(NANS) in the South-West mobilized themselves and walked on the street in Akure, the state capital carying placards with various pro-Amotekun inscriptions.

As at 09:50, members of the Yoruba World Congress including Youth Groups, Agbekoya group, Atayese, Yoruba Reconciliation Groups, Kaaro Ojiire group, Oodua People Congress, Majiyagbe Group are beginning to arrive the Rememberance Archade, venue of the Oyo State Solidarity walk in support of Operation Amotekun, the Southwest regional security outfit.

The list of the security operatives at the venue has also been boosted with the presence of officers from the Department of State Service and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps.

The venue is also besieged with reporters, photojournalists.

Inscriptions on the banners displayed by the protesters read “Yoruba Omo Oodua: Protect Yourself, Amotekun”, “On Amotekun we stand”, “We want to know who owns the Land. Amotekun”, No Amotekun, No Hisbah”, among others.

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