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Tuesday, 21 January 2020



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Amotekun: ‘No going back’ rallies rock Southwest states

The battle to lift the hammer on the Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN) Operation Amotekun was taken to the streets on Tuesday.

Pressed to protect their people from unusual forms of criminality that crept into the region last year, the governors of the six Southwest states of Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti on January 9 launched the joint security outfit with the overwhelming support of all class of people – traditional rulers, hunters, the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), the intellectuals – among others.

But the Federal Government on January 14 declared the outfit illegal through Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami.

To press home the support for the initiative, protesters were organised by non-government organisations and groups in all the six capitals of Ikeja, Abeokuta, Ibadan, Osogbo, Akure and Ado-Ekiti.

“We are not ready to abandon our people. We shall stand by the people of the Yoruba race notwithstanding the pressure,” Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, who is the Chairman of the Southwest Governors’ Forum, told protesters in Akure. He was represented by Gbenga Ale.

Security operatives cordoned off the venue of the rally in Lagos, but it held amidst tight security in the other capitals.

Scores of socio-cultural and militia groups under the aegis of the Yoruba World Congress (YWC) facilitated the protest to denounce Federal Government’s opposition to Amotekun and show their support for the initiative.

Some of the major groups involved in the rally are the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Agbekoya Union, Hunters Group of Nigeria, Yoruba Youth Socio-cultural Association (YYSA), Atayese, Yoruba Reconciliation Groups, Kaaro Ojiire group, Majiyagbe Vigilante Group, United Self Determination People, Oodua Liberation Movement, Oodua Sovereignty Defence Agenda, Ojulowo Omo Oodua Group and the Soludero Group.

The protesters displayed placards with similar inscriptions like “Yoruba Omo Oodua: Protect Yourself, Amotekun,”  ”On Amotekun we stand”, ”We want to know who owns the land. Amotekun” and No Amotekun, No Hisbah.”


The placard-carrying protesters first assembled at the Rememberance Arcade in Ibadan before moving to the State Government Secretariat, Agodi where they were received by the Chief of Staff, Government House, Chief Bisi Ilaka.

Ilaka told the protesters who sang solidarity songs expressing their support for the governors that “the idea of Amotekun is one that has come to stay.”
He added: “All we’re trying to do is to complement the efforts of the police and other security agencies.

“It’s a fact that the police cannot be everywhere, they can’t be in all the nooks and crannies of this state but we know that the national security apparatus is well stretched so we’re only trying to complement.

“I’m sure the commitment that the governors have demonstrated is just the beginning. The demonstrations will show further commitment to this idea. So, people can buff and puff, nothing is going to change, the idea has definitely come to stay.”

The Head of Security, Yoruba World Congress, Kunle Adesokan, said they were out to create awareness on Amotekun and also encourage the Southwest governors not to yield to pressure to back down.

He criticised the calls from some quarters that the Southwest might lose its presidential bid if it insisted on going ahead with Amotekun.

Adesokan said: “Today (yesterday) is another day of history in our life time; this will serve as our stand for today’s appearance of the real Amotekun to the people of the Southwest. We are addressing our governors and we are giving them our support.

“We want to tell them that the entire Yoruba people are behind Amotekun and there is no going back. No matter the threat from wherever, the Yoruba are not going to turn their back on the Amotekun project. We will never allow foreigners to come to our land and  kill us unnecessarily.

We are tired of blood-letting.

“We commend our governors for floating the project. It is in appreciation of this great venture that all Yoruba worldwide have risen to express their massive support for the project.

“We have heard some people from some cultures and tribes threatening that if Yoruba did not denounce the Amotekun project, they will deny us the presidential slot in 2023, we call that ordinary fallacy because Nigeria belongs to us all.

“No section can determine who becomes the President of this country.”

Before the rally began, operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS), Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps and policemen  had besieged the venue, raising fears and apprehension among the groups.

The presence of about 10 police patrol vans created fears.

But calm returned when one of the leaders of the operatives  said they were  not out to sabotage or obstruct the protest but to ensure that law and order were maintained.


In Akure, Governor Akeredolu, who was represented by the Chief of Staff Gbenag Ale, maintained before the large number of protesters that the Southwest governors would not compromise Amotekun.

He told them that no challenge from any individual or government agency would make the governors turn their back on the security outfit.

The governor reiterated that Amotekun was not an alternative to the Police or any other statutory security agency in the country.

The Coordinator of the YWC, Kola Ogunlakaka, said since the number of policemen in the country was not enough to secure the people, Amotekun would help fill the gap..

He urged the Federal Government to allow the new security outfit to operate in the interest of peace and oneness.

Members of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) Zone D, who joined the protesters in Akure called on the Attorney-General of the Federation and Justice Minister, Abubakar Malami, to retract his statement declaring Amotekun illegal withi  two weeks.

They said his failure to do so would lead to the closure of all higher institutions in the Southwest.

The Southwest NANS Coordinator, Kowe Odunayo, who led the protesters described the declaration by Malami as embarrassing and political.

Odunayo said: “Amotekun is an idea whose time has come to stay for the betterment of the people, it was initiated to complement the efforts of the conventional internal security agencies that appear to have been hampered by the absence of local intelligence gathering
“There is no doubt, we are lacking security in the Southwest region, hence the need to support Amotekun”.


Despite subtle intimidations by security agencies in Abeokuta, a coalition of 14 pressure groups, including the Campaign for the Defence of Human Rights(CDHR), held the rally at the Panseke open ground.

The protesters, who advised that nothing should be put in the way to kill the outfit, called on the Federal Government   to praise the Southwest governors for the initiative.

The Coordinator of YWC for the solidarity rally in the state, Taofeek Olawale, who addressed reporters, said Amotekun was not established to witch – hunt anybody but to protect life and properties in the Southwest.

Olawale explained that the rally was an avenue for them to send a clear message to the Federal Government and Nigerians that the outfit was a communal effort towards tackling insecurity in the region.

He said it “reeks of double standard and preposterousness” for some people to kick against Amotekun in the same country where outfits such as Hisbah, civilian JTF, vigilante groups among others, are allowed to operate.

Olawale said: “We are here to reach out to the larger public. We want to tell the Federal Government and the entire Nigerian populace that we want Amotekun in the Southwest.

“If Hisbah could be allowed in Northern states, if there could be Azaru, civilian JTF, Vigilante groups, some of them even carry arms, arresting even legitimate police officers, there is no reason we should not consider Amotekun in the Southwest.

”We see no reason anybody, quote and unquote, should say no to Amotekun.

“The Federal Government should give kudos to our governors for complementing security efforts with Amotekun.”
However, before the pro – Amotekun rally began, security operatives    positioned themselves at strategic locations by the entrances of the venue  and the surrounding streets.

Police Commissioner Kenneth Ebrimson ,who visited the venue briefly, said he was not informed about the rally but admitted that the people had the right to peaceful assembly as enshrined in the Constitution.
Ebrimson explained that the operatives were put on ground to forestall any breach of the peace.


The rally was halted by policemen and other security operatives who prevented the protesters from entering the Gani Fawehinmi Freedom Park, Ojota, Lagos.

But YWC Director of Media and Communication, Mr. Matthew Adeleye, told reporters 700 metres from the park that they were there to drum up support for Amotekun but were prevented by the operatives who stationed Armoured Personnel Vehicles close to the park.

He added that the necessary permissions were sought and obtained for the venue, noting that it was unfortunate that the people were prevented from staging the rally in support of Amotekun.
Adeleye said: “I express sadness that the police denied us entry despite an earlier order from the Area Commander granting us permission. We express serious concern on what is going on in the country.

“Let me say that our leader, Prof. Banji Akintoye, will inform us of the next line of action within the next 24 hours.”
Lagos coordinator of YWC, George Akinola, said there was a dilemma in the country because of the misconception of the whole process.

He added that Amotekun was supported by the Southwest people because it was expected to protect the region from murderers, robbers and ritual killers terrorising the people.
Akinola said: “Amotekun should be allowed to be because it is meant to protect lives and properties in Yoruba land which has been subject to indiscriminate and annoying oppression in Nigeria.”

In Osogbo, many protesters  marched from the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park through Oke-fia, Oja Oba via Olaiya junction and Odi-Olowo to show their support for the outfit.
They were trailed by men and officers of the Police, DSS and the NSCDC to prevent breach of the peace.

The leader of the group and convener of the rally, Akin Adejuwon, told reporters after the rally that they moved round city to create awareness for Amotekun
Adejuwon, who is also the Chairman of the YWC in the state, said: “It is not a protest but a mobilisation   and awareness walk to sensitize the people about Amotekun and to let them know that it is in their best interest.


In Ado-Ekiti, the protesters moved to the popular Fajuyi Park in the city from where they took a long walk through Ojumose to Erekesan Market and Ijigbo junction, singing and dancing.

Before they left Fajuyi Park, Coordinator of the rally, Praise Ayodele, said Amotekun was a child of necessity to check kidnapping, banditry, and other security challenges facing the southwest.

He said: “Amotekun has come to stay in the Southwest. We are not fighting anybody. The security of our people is very important. We are to do this to let t our governors know that we are happy with Amotekun.

“It is sad that our people are being killed and kidnapped and many of these go on without arrests. We are daily in fear of being killed and these and many more are the reasons for the formation of Amotekun.

“On the declaration of Amotekun as illegal body by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, we are of the opinion that he only expressed himself as a private citizen who is entitled to his own opinion.

“We charge our governors to remain focused and we advise our leaders to desist from politicising Amotekun. Our security should be of priority.”.

The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Kayode Fayemi on Internal Security, Mr. Dele Olugbemi, said: “Amotekun is for easy identification of all visitors to Ekiti State  and the Southwest . It is sad that Malami made a pronouncement over issue he knew nothing about. He spoke as if he didn’t know the level of insecurity in this zone.

“Some of these evil doers besieged even our towns, killed the people  and destroyed everything in the farm. Amotekun will work in their localities and it is not about fighting anybody”.

Oyo State Infrastructure Dev Among Deals Worth Billions Signed At UK-Africa Investment Summit

 Deals worth billions signed at UK-Africa Investment Summit In London.

Following the UK-Africa Investment Summit held in London, Nigeria can boast of itch-free business relationship with Britain, who has sought to boost trade in view of UK's imminent exit from the European Union.  Among notable deals with Nigeria is Oyo State modern street-lighting infrastructure embarked upon by Governor Seyi Makinde. The summit has emphasised United Kingdom aim to be Africa's partner of choice for trade and investment, NUJ Europe reports.

The stance was made during the UK-Africa Investment Summit hosted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. It was attended by Presidents and top government representatives of African nations. President Muhammadu Buhari has over the weekend pen-ultimate the summit visited Prince of Wales and also earlier  met with  some Nigerians in the diaspora, including the 2-time world Heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua.

In the lead up to the Summit, £6.5 billion of commercial deals were signed by British companies and Africa to deliver jobs, growth and investment across the UK and Africa, with further deals worth billions made during the Summit.

The deals involved well-known British firms such as Matalan, who have announced a £25m investment into Egypt to launch 11 new shopping outlets; GSK who have committed a further £5m investment into Egypt; and Diageo who have announced a £167m investment into Kenya and East Africa to support the sustainability of breweries.

International Development Secretary Alok Sharma said:

 'We have much to offer African nations - UK aid is tackling climate change and supporting women entrepreneurs, our tech and digital expertise is helping Africa grow new industries and the City of London is channelling billions of private investment into Africa, boosting jobs and growth.

'This Summit is a major step in unlocking the UK’s unique offer, becoming Africa’s investment partner of choice and benefiting people and businesses across the UK and Africa."

International Trade Secretary Liz Truss said: 

'It’s great to see so many British firms paving the way in trading and investing in the region to drive growth, create jobs and boost vital infrastructure.

A summary of the deals

Deals between UK companies and their African partners include:

  • Aggreko signed an £80m contact extension for energy provision in Cote D’Ivoire
  • Airbus sold £80m of aircraft in Egypt
  • Anglo-Tunisian Oil and Gas invest £26m in Tunisian gas assets.
  • Aqua Africa win £26m export contract to supply solar powered water filtration systems in Ghana.
  • Baker Hughes £306m export and investment of deep-sea equipment and scholarships in Mozambique
  • BHM £80.3m work on the Tema-Aflao Road Project in Ghana.
  • Bombardier’s £3,180m construction and operation of 2 monorail lines in Cairo.
  • Contracta Construction UK win £120.5m export contract to upgrade Kumasi teaching hospital in Ghana.
  • Contracta Construction UK win £40m export contract to develop Kumasi airport in Ghana.
  • Tullow invest £1,200m in continued oil production in Kenya.
  • Tyllium and Ellipse win an export contract worth £60m to provide 250 new beds for a general hospital in Koforidua in Ghana.
  • Unatrac win a £1.5m export contract to supply machinery for Ugandan roads.
  • Diageo invest £167m to improved sustainability of breweries in Kenya & East Africa.
  • Globeleq invest £50m to help build of Malindi photovoltaic solar park in Kenya.
  • GSK invest £5m in Egypt to upgrade two production lines.
  • Kefi Minerals invest £224m in a new gold mine and to develop local infrastructure in Kenya.
  • Lagan Group win a £185 export contract for the construction of Kampala Industrial Business Park in Uganda.
  • Lloyds Register invest £0.76m to set up operations in Mozambique.
  • Matalan invest £25m to open 13 new outlets in Egypt.
  • Moy Park to export £12m of frozen chicken to Angola.
  • Nexus Green export £80m of solar powered water pumping systems for irrigation in Uganda.
  • NMS Infrastructure invest £222m in the construction of 6 hospitals in Côte D’Ivoire.
  • Rolls Royce purchase £50m of aircraft engines in Egypt.

 Nigeria -UK signed deals 

  • Low Energy Designs win an export contract to install street lighting for Oyo state in Nigeria.
  • Trilliant to install £5m of Smart Metering to Abuja DisCo In Nigeria.
  • Savannah invest £315m in the acquisition and investment of ingas assets in Nigeria. 
  • Tex ATC to install 5 Airport control room towers worth £2m in Nigeria.

Put together by Lashley Oladigbolu, accredited Journalist of the World Bank Online Media Briefing Centre.

Oyo Ile Investors Forum donates N8million to Oyo State Government for conduct of JAMB UTME Extra-mural Classes

Oyo State Commissioner for Education, Prof D.K Shangodoyin on behalf of His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde received a Cheque donation of N8 Million Naira, presented by Oyo Ile Investors Forum to Oyo State Government towards the conduct of free JAMB UTME Extramural Classes for SS3 students in the State.

Oyo Ile was represented by Mrs. Toyin Sanni, Mr Seyi Oke and Mr Jide Boladuro.

The Honorable Commissioner thanked the representatives and the group for their generosity and also used the opportunity to encourage other stakeholders and groups to support the vision of the administration on education. @ Ibadan, Nigeria

Indeed a new dawn in our dear state and its marvelous in our sight...

Omituntun, Ìgbà Otun!

Packaged by  Comrade Egalitarian Ishola Owolabi

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