- urges the Midwest governors to establish same.
The Benin National Congress has defended the establishment of the Ametokun by the South-West governors.
The commissioning of the local security outfit has attracted venom strictly from the northern region who believes it’s unconstitutional.
In its defence on Saturday, the statement which was signed by Dr David Ekomwenreren – Director of Publicity and Intelligence, the BNC said Amotekun is a response to full-blown terrorism as perpetrated by Fulani Herdsmen.
“The Commissioning of Ametokun community policing network in South-West geopolitical zone of Nigeria is in Benin National Congress view, a response to the plethora of existential threats posed by the marauding herdsmen, whose inclinations to full-blown terrorism has not been hidden,” it said on Saturday in a statement shared with NCN.
The BNC hinted that Edo and Delta State (Midwest region) popularly called South-South will also launch its local outfit but did not specify when.
“As a foremost Nigeria ethnic nationality, we don’t need to categorically state when a locally branded security outfit for Edo communities will be commissioned, we know for sure, that it is in the embryo, judging by the total seizures of our forests and plantations by herders otherwise called Fulani herdsmen. “
The group lamented the series of kidnapped cases allegedly perpetrated by the herdsmen in many communities in Edo State.
“In Orhionmwon, Ovia, Ehor, Esan South West, Igueben, Auchi, Ekpoma and Owan settlements, it is one tale of kidnapping ring to farm destruction cartel. Our people are paying hard-earned millions as Ransome to kidnap rings, who uses the funds to fuel Boko Haram.
“So, Edo people are eminently deserving of socioculturally coated counter-terrorism outfit, and it is the most plausible thing to execute at this point in time.
“The right to self-defence is as universal as it is inalienable. So, the action of Yoruba stakeholders is apt, and the time is right. The Federal Government should embrace it, to complement our overstretched police outfits. “
The BNC urged the Midwest Governors to respectfully provide a geopolitical support base for a versatile and altruistically coordinated counter-terrorism platform with clear social-cultural and spiritual indoctrination, adding that the region is dealing with friendly enemies.