Native doctors in Ijebu, Ogun state, southwest Nigeria have expressed their readiness to lend a full backing to operation Amotekun by fortifying its officers with charms to contain criminalities in the region.
The herbalists also told the Amotekun operatives not to worry if the federal government fails to provide them firearms to carry out their activities as they would be adequately fortified at no cost.
Recall that the police authorities said Amotekun in the meantime would not be licensed with guns.
Speaking with our Correspondent, a traditionalist, Chief Aremu Agbomola, said “the Amotekun officers should approach us for charms free of charge.
“We have enough traditional powers to give them. It is all in the interest of the Yoruba nation’s security. We believe that Amotekun will be our traditional police, so, we must lend them good support to fight criminals in our land.
“There are traditional powers in Yoruba land which surpass the modern arms, and we are ready to release them to Amotekun to make then formidable to the criminals like kidnappers, Yahoo boys, armed robbers and others.”
Also, one of the leaders of the Ifa priests in Ijebu land, High Chief Ifaneye Odusanwo, when contacted, said Amotekun would be fully backed by deities in Yoruba land through the herbalists.
He said Ijebu land being known for true traditional powers would ensure total support for the outfit to defeat enemies.
He also advised that the officers of the team should be sworn in at the shrines of various deities in Yoruba land, adding that this would prevent the officers from abuse of the power and other excesses.
“The initiative is welcome, provided it is for total security of the land. Our deities will back them through we the herbalists. We will give them the necessary support that will help to combat various crimes. But the officer must be sworn in at various shrines in Yoruba land like Ogun, Ifa, etc so that they don’t misbehave. The entire herbalists in Ijebu land will support them with our powers so that Yoruba land can be secured.”
The traditionalist also implored the federal government to overlook the negative impression created by some people about Amotekun.
He said it is community policing to strengthen the federal police efforts and not the other way.