Amotekun will strengthen calls for restructuring, says Dickson/ Dickson

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has stated the recently launched Operation Amotekun, will further ignite demand for restructuring in the country.

NVS had reported how the newly launched security outfit has continued to generated controversies, with the leaders from the south-west at loggerheads with those from the north over the issue.

The federal government had also a new twist to the controversies by describing the outfit as illegal.

But backing the initiative in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Fidelis Soriwei, on Monday, the governor described the formation of the security outfit as a welcome development.

According to him, the governors went for such because of “the politicisation and collapse of the centralised national security apparatus in the country”.

“The politicisation and over-centralisation of security without an effective funding mechanism and arrangements for professionalism has reduced Nigeria to an un-policed country.”

Christening Amotekun as “a component of the restructuring,” Dickson stated the move by south-west governors has further brought to the fore the need to have internal security outfits in states of the federation to support the already established ones.

He added: “No governor from the South-South has made serious comments on the issues of restructuring, state police and true federalism

“I have taken the message for restructuring, true federalism and the need for state police everywhere, even to the doorstep of the President. Amotekun is a clear issue of restructuring. It is like  state and regional police that I have been calling for.”