Following series of allegations of abuse of power against some operatives of southwest security outfit, codenamed, Amotekun, the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, South West Zone, has knocked the governor of the state, Engr. Seyi Makinde over his failure to call the erring Corps to order.
The students’ body poured out its anger in a released issued by the Public Relations Officer, Kazeem Olalekan Israel on Thursday.
NANS revealed that, it has received a good number of reports of recklessness of some bad eggs among the Operatives coupled with the deafening silence of the Governor who according to NANS has given violence too much time to thrive in the State without any attempt to control the excesses of this security outfit.
The body stated clearly that, the Governor is being knocked because he has explicitly declared during the inauguration of this outfit that he should be held accountable for the activities of the Amotekun operatives and the conducts of these Corps since establishment smack logic and outrightly negate the rule of law.
“Governor Seyi Makonde is undoubtedly exhibiting the characteristics of a failure by allowing the Hobbesian State of nature to gain full ground in a State he is the CSO most especially by a security outfit that is under his direct supervision and control. It is infuriating that the Governor even went to the extent of surrending the hierarchical structure of this outfit to thugs, and, of special mention is one Adebisi Morufu alias Ẹ̀ṣẹ́ Murphy who heads the outfit in their Ona-Ara Local Government office stationed at Bayeku.
“We find it most insulting that despite the extra-judicial killings and other nefarious activities being perpetuated by operatives of Amotekun in the State, the Governor has been maintaining a deafening silence which could best be defined as a situation whereby a mandate has been given to this security outfit to terminate every souls in the State. The Governor need be reminded that he swore an oath to guarantee the security of lives and properties of every citizens in the State, but, his indifference towards the killings by operatives of Amotekun is most worrisome and give us a major source of concern as an association.
“It is based on the foregoing we demand that the Governor as a matter of necessity and urgency address the excesses of Amotekun operatives in the State and also reconstitute their hierarchical structure as failure to do this will be met with stiff resistance by the mass of Nigerian students in the South West. We cannot fold our arms and watch as the lives of innocent citizens most especially students are being terminated on a daily basis without recourse to the rule of law.
“It must be properly put on record that the right to life is imprescriptible and, as such, must be jealously guided by those that have been entrusted with a mandate of maintaining law and order. Failure to do this is a long walk to anarchy and lawlessness which will ultimately make the State ungovernable. So, before we totally descend to a state of perpetual anarchy, Governor Seyi Makinde and his acolytes must do the needful in addressing security challenges confronting the people of the State most especially by erasing touts from the apparatchiks of the Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Amotekun.
“On a final note, we demand that a judicial panel be constituted to investigate the activities of Amotekun in the State most especially the recent murder of a 400Level student of Federal College of Education, Oyo (Special) affiliated to University of Ibadan and the violence meted on executives of NANS/JCC, Oyo axis amongst others. “