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Insecurity: North under siege, needs ‘Amotekun’ – Yerima

Yerima Shettima, president, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), has said that Northern Nigeria was under siege and urgently needs a brand of ‘Amotekun’ as a solution to the security challenges that plagued the region in recent times.

Yerima stated this in an interview with BusinessDay on Wednesday, noting that the rise in crime, kidnapping, banditry, armed robbery, insurgency and other forms of criminality perpetrated in the region, had necessitated the need for a neighbourhood watch or community, regional policing, similar to the Western Nigeria Security Network, called ‘Amotekun’ in the Northern region.

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“Considering the level of insecurity in the Northern part of the country, the region needs Amotekun, more than the South-west region,” he said.

Yerima lamented the rise in criminality in the region, maintaining that the idea of any security outfit set up to complement the effort of the police would be welcome.

While reacting to insinuation in some quarters that Amotekun was targeted at the Fulani, Yerima maintained that he did not believe there was any such insinuation, stressing that he did not want to

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