Journalism and Peace building: Newspaper coverage on Amotekun in South -West Nigeria


It was on 9 th January, 2020 the Southwest states, namely Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Ondo, Osun and Ekiti, has launched a security formation to tackle the problem of insecurity within the region which led to reverted reaction from the Federal Government through the office of the Attorney General and many political analyst described the movement as an illegal regional security formation that has peculiar Yaruba /Christian agenda which contradict the provision of the Nigeria constitution that vested the issue of security as an exclusive List to be undertaken Federal Government. The security collaboration, tagged Operation Amotekun, is expected to complement the efforts of the regular police force in the area of combating kidnapping, armed robbery, as well as herdsmen and farmers contentions. The decision by the governors of the Southwest states to create Operation Amotekun was reached in Ibadan in June 2019, at the regional security summit in Ibadan. The summit was a reaction to the worsening security situation in the region. In spite of its laudable aspirations, Amotekun appears to be on a collision course with the status quo. The paper has these questions to ask, how will the security outfit be operated and what would be its operational guidelines and its command structure.


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