Insecurity: South West On War Footing As Amotekun, OPC Strengthen Network
Amidst increasing insecurity, Amotekun corps across South West are deepening partnership with Oodua Peoples Congress to expand defence of the South West, informal security officials in the zone have hinted.
Sahel Standard learnt that the cooperation between the two groups is leveraging on mutual advantages possessed by both sides in the areas of grassroot networks and operatives with knowledge of local communities.
OPC is reputed to have establshed a grassroot structures across towns and villages in the South West long before Amotekun emerged. While both groups are not working on Oodua nation according to reports, they both agreed on joint support system to ward off alleged external aggression by foreign herdsmen and bandits.
” The South West is really on War footing. The goals is to prevent infiltration of Yorubaland by armed bandits. We are partnering several groups to secure our lands”, a local OPC operative told our reporter.
Another OPC operative said the group has a security map of Yorubaland from Okunland in Kogi state to all other parts of the West, adding ” We are poised to secure our people from aggression especially in cooperation with our brothers within Amotekun.
At Ibadan, the political capital of South Western Nigeria, elements within the Amotekun group have reportedly created an operational model enabling informal joint operations with OPC, a model that is reportedly in operation across South West.
Sahel Standard learnt that informal security personnel in the South West numbered in several thousands with most them located and operating across local grassroot zones of the region.
A source knowldgeable on the subject said ” South West is heavily fortified. The herdsmen are mapped. The criminals elements are mapped. The entire South West security space is operationally on its toe even though outsiders cannot see it.
” It is an amalgam of groups and local security structures. This is also linked with Yoruba traditional societies all over the region. But we are not seeking independence from Nigeria. Our efforts are for self defence. If others are however allowed to go, then Oodua nation will act accordingly”, the source opined.