South-West Plans Anti-Graft Teams For Amotekun     

Funsho Akinwale

From all indications, it appears South-West states may come up with anti-corruption units in their security outfit, Operation Amotekun.

The move, according to informed sources, would checkmate cases of graft and abuse of power levelled against operatives of Amotekun.

“Some of the operatives may want to take advantage of their powers to extort money from people or engage in other forms of corruption.

“The anti-corruption unit or an ombudsman will take care of this.

“There must be anti-corruption provisions in the law.

“The proposed law must have citizens’ complaints provisions, including a framework for an independent ombudsman with strong authority to receive complaints from the public on matters of corruption and abuse of power,” Fapohunda stated.

It would be recalled that the South-West governors had set up the outfit at a summit in Ibadan earlier last month in a bid to address killings and kidnapping in the zone.

But Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation, faulted the establishment of the operation, saying it was illegal and against the principle of the country’s federalism.

The statement generated a lot of concerns across the country, with many from the south backing the move.

The parties involved later reached a common ground after Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo held a closed-door meeting with the South West governors and Malami that a law should be made by each of the states to give the security outfit a legal backing.

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