The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) accused Amotekun, the Southwest Regional Security Team, of intimidating other ethnic groups living and doing business in the area.
According to the Islamic organization, Amotekun members profile and intimidate northerners who travel to the south.
MURIC further accused the security service of participating in extrajudicial killings of Yoruba people.
The group’s claim was contained in a statement signed and delivered Thursday to DAILY POST by its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola.
“Reports reaching us indicate that the South West regional security structure, Amotekun, has carried out extrajudicial killings,” MURIC said.
Among those killed without proper recourse to law was Akolade Gbadebo, a 400-level student at the University of Ibadan, who was killed on December 26, 2020. Seven Fulani were also reportedly killed in Ayete in the local government area. Ibarapa North of Oyo State on Monday January 11, 2021.
“We also have reports that vehicles coming from or going to the north are stopped by members of the Amotekun corps. They order the Hausa-Fulanis to disembark, search them and almost undress them.
“MURIC strongly condemns this act of stereotyping a particular ethnic group.
“The intimidation of travelers from the North violates the spirit and the letter of article 41 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“We believe that Amotekun can be useful in stemming the tide of insecurity in the southwest without targeting a particular ethnic group,” MURIC said.
Recall that the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) had recently warned the Fulani umbrella socio-cultural organization, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) against an alleged “plot” to infiltrate Amotekun.
The OPC gave the warning by responding to MACBAN’s call for the inclusion of its members and other ethnic groups in the outfit.
In the same vein, a group from the Southwest, the Yoruba One Voice (YOV), called on the governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to inaugurate the Amotekun without further delay in the State.
The group made the appeal while expressing concern over the wave of insecurity, wondering why it took the governor “nearly a year to inaugurate the outfit.”
Amotekun, with the motto “ zero tolerance for crime ”, was founded on January 9, 2020 by the six governors of southwestern Nigeria with the aim of reducing insecurity in the region.
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