The solidarity march in support of Operation Amotekun proposed by the Yoruba World Congress (YWC) in Lagos was on Tuesday, January 21, stalled by officers of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF).
Police officers were also seen barricading the Gani Fawehinmi Park where the rally has been slated to take place, and by so doing, prevented entry to the place, The Nigerian reports.
Governors in the region had said that there was no plan to back down on the already established Operation Amotekun in the geopolitical zone. The governors on Sunday, January 19, said that the Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN), codename Operation Amotekun, had come to stay.
Speaking on the launch of the operation, the governor of Ondo state, Rotimi Akeredolu, stated that they won’t give in into the blackmail within or outside the region that the establishment of the security outfit is illegal. Akeredolu who is the chairman of the Southwest Governors’ Forum said Amotekun was initiated to complement the efforts of conventional security agencies that appear to have been hampered by the absence of local intelligence gathering.
In a statement released by the Ondo state commissioner for information, Donald Ojogo, the governor said by the time the security outfit is in full operation, local information and intelligence gathering for the police, Nigerian Army and other conventional security agencies would be made easy.