The immediate past Secretary – General of the Arewa Consultative Forum , Anthony Sani , has said he is not in support of regional outfits such as Amotekun in the South – West and the recently launched Eastern Security Network for the South – East .
Sani noted that what Nigeria needed to tackle insecurity was to empower the police by way of expansion of the workforce , training , equipment and motivation by salary increment – and not by creating regional outfits .
The ACF chief noted that northerners living in the South – South and South – East regions of the country would not be threatened by the creation of the Eastern Security Network created by the Indigenous People of Biafra .
Kanu had , on Saturday , launched the regional outfit via a live Facebook broadcast, which he explained , was necessitated by the current security situation in major parts of the country .
” He said the objective of the security network is to protect the regions from “ Fulani criminal activities. ”
According to the IPOB leader , the outfit is a replica of Amotekun launched by the South -West governors to curb insecurity in the region .
Speaking to SaharaReporters on Tuesday , Sani described Kanu as unfit to launch a security network.
He said, “ This Kanu of the IPOB we are talking about; who is he to even launch a security outfit ? What is his stand in the South- South and South – East ? His group has been banned . He has run away , and he is afraid of coming to Nigeria , and you are saying he is announcing a security outfit . “ To announce and operate where he is? The security outfit can’ t even be implemented because he is not in Nigeria . So how can we be threatened by someone who is somewhere else and claiming he has an outfit in Nigeria ?”
Speaking further , the Ex – ACF scribe said the police should be reformed by way of having enough number of adequately trained and properly equipped personnel to enable them to live up their mandate .
He added , “ The problem of this country is the inadequate number of trained policemen who are well equipped . Other security outfits are also not well equipped ; the numbers are not enough ; they are not well trained; do you think they will perform magic ?
“ I am not really in favour of all these regional outfits . I am more towards empowering the police by way of number ; who are well trained, equipped and well – motivated by way of salary allowance and logistics to secure the country .
“ The issue is not the multiplication of security outfits but poor funding ; ill equipping of those available. ”