Yoruba leaders call for synergy among regional security outfits

Pic. 34. Guest Lecturer, Prof. Derin Ologbenla; Spokesman of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin; Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba Land, Iba Gani Adams, his wife, Ayinba Mojisola; and President, Women Arise, Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, during the 2nd Installation Anniversary of the Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba Land, in Lagos on Thursday (16/1/20). 00324/16/1/2020/Wasiu Zubir/HB/NAN

Prominent Yoruba leaders on Thursday called for synergy among regional security outfits in Nigeria to ensure better security and proper coordination in the country.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that they made the call at the second installation anniversary of Iba Gani Adams as the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, held in Ikeja, Lagos.
Joel Okei-Odumakin, President, Women Arise for Change Initiative, said there should be synergy amongst regional security outfits irrespective of the names they were called or wherever they were formed.
Okei-Odumakin said: “Let them ensure that those who are at the helm of affairs in term of security continue to network.
“They should have enough synergy in the way it is reported and coordinated so that at the end, they would take the score card and know where to put more efforts.
“This will also ensure better guarantee of lives and property.”
Okei-Odumakin also lauded the creation of Amotekun, the South West regional security outfit, which she said was long overdue.
She said there was the need for necessary support to ensure that Amotekun became a strong effective outfit complementing the security agencies in fighting crime and criminality in the region.
According to her, it will help to protect citizens more and complement community policing work of the Nigeria Police.
She said Amotekun was not created to compete with state police but to complement their roles in ensuring the security of lives and property.
She advised that Amotekun must not be used to heat the polity in the country, saying the country was already grappling with the pains of the colossal loss of lives and property in recent times.
She said: “A life that is lost can never be brought back, that is why l support anything that can be done to protect lives.
“I do not want loss of lives again.
“It pains and breaks my heart each time a life is lost.”
Also speaking, Yinka Odumakin, Spokesperson of Afenifere, said the Yoruba nation had accepted the South West regional security outfit to enhance security in the region.
Odumakin noted that Yorubaland was under siege, as such the regional security outfit had been overwhelmingly accepted by the Yorubas.
According to him, the only condition for abolishing of Amotekun was the proscription of all other regional security outfits in Benue, Kano and Borno States among others.