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A civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has dismissed the trenchant criticisms trailing few instances of human errors in the operations of the south west of Nigeria-based Amotekun security outfit.  


In a statement by the National coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National media affairs director miss Zainab Yusuf, HURIWA argued that the few human errors are mere teething institutional problems that will be resolved with better strategic fine-tuning of training and improvement of manpower capacities of Amotekun security platform.


HURIWA canvassed for massive support for Amotekun “because it is better to have home-grown institutional mechanism to protect lives and property than to permit the hitherto uncontrollable rampage and killing of citizens living in the south west of Nigeria by the rampaging bunch of determined armed herdsmen whose origin are mired in politics and deceit.”


Moreover, the Rights group said the Federal Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN had stated that his office couldn’t prosecute armed Fulani herdsmen because according to him, there is no case file against them. 


According to HURIWA, “those at the forefront of irrational criticisms of Amotekun because of the few but avoidable human errors, are suffering from ‘intentionally deceitful amnesia’  because if they think deeply how the south west came under incessant massive attacks and violence by suspected armed Fulani herdsmen , they would have seen that the errors were the less of the two evils.” 


Besides, the Rights group backed the order made by the Ondo state Governor,  Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu (SAN) on armed herdsmen to quit south west forests.


The group declared that it expected the rest of the country such as South East, North East, North Central and South South to embrace the example set by the South west by replicating similar law-based institutional body to protect the lives and property of their people to complement the efforts of the regular policy institution. 


“We also do expect that with better training, retraining and a purified system of recruitment, Amotekun will become a shining example on how the state legislature working in partnership with the executive Governors should protect the lives of their people.


 “We support Amotekun 100% and we think it is better than allowing armed Fulani herdsmen to continue to carry out genocide and be left to operate by the Nigerian police which has so far failed to prosecute a single of those armed Fulani herdsmen responsible for the killing of over 6,000 farmers all over the country in the last five years. Those now raising their compromised voices against Amotekun, are they saying they are happy with the constant spilling of blood of the innocent attributed to armed non state actors and particularly the armed Fulani herdsmen?”


The Rights group said the south western state’s legislature were right to pass the law setting up the Amotekun security outfits in their states because it is in total compliance with Section 4 (7) of the constitution.


HURIWA said every right thinking citizen of Nigeria should applaud the South West governors for standing up to defend their people. 

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