The joint regional security outfit by the South West Governors, is expected to confront crimes and prevent its continuation.
It was conceived in July 2019, at the height of serious security challenges confronting the region. Security summits were organized and its fall out was the establishment of Amotekun.
However, its commencement was delayed due to hitches in the recruitment of personnel and the need to review operational guidelines.
Operation Amotekun will be a two-layer operation – at the central level and at the local level.
One hundred and twenty vehicles will be deployed for the central operation with the headquarters in Gbongan, Osun State on the Ibadan-Ile-Ife highway.
Each of the six states of Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Ondo, Ekiti and Lagos will supply 20 vehicles.
According to the plan, the personnel for the operation will be made up of local hunters, members of vigilance groups specifically hired, men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC).
The outfit will be managed by a regional committee comprising representatives from each state, with office to be sited in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
The police component will be headed by an Assistant Commissioner of Police.
The procured 20 patrol vans have been equipped with communication and security gadgets.