Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, on Thursday, January 9, 2020, host other Five South-West Governors comprising Osun, Ogun, Ekiti, Ondo and Lagos States to launch the Western Nigeria Security Network Operation ‘Amotekun’.
This is in a bid to ensure security of their lives and properties of both indigenes and
settlers living within the boundaries of the various State.
Speaking at the event held at the Oyo State Governor’s Office Car Park, Agodi Secretariat, Ibadan, Governor Makinde said Operation Amotekun was designed to create an appendage of local vigilantes that will feed the current State apparatus and serves as regional collaborative security architecture for the Western State of Nigeria.
He stated that the coming together of the Six Western States was to fight common goals of insecurity that have been threatening the peaceful coexistence of all the nooks and crannies of the South-West States of Nigeria.
Governor Makinde hinted further that the collaboration among these six States would bring regional integration, growth and development that will pave way for the improvement of lives of all citizens in the States.
While Speaking, the Ekiti State Governor, Dr Fayemi said Operation Amotekun is not a duplication neither is it a replacement for Nigerian Police Force, rather “it is a complement that gives our people confidence that they are been looked after by those they elected into Office.”
On reasons behind the formation, Governor Fayemi said the insecurity of lives and property in recent times have been worrisome and the mainstream security did their best to arrest the situation; noting that “it was in the context of the unfortunate incident that we lost the daughter of Pa Reuben Fasanranti, the leader of Afenifere.
Governor Fayemi further stated that the concept of the Amotekun outfit had been embraced by the leadership of the mainstream Security Agencies “because the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu, has since gone ahead to announce the Police commitment to Community -Policing Strategy.
In his keynote address, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State said the outfit was only
one of the many solutions being planned to tackle the many socio-economic problems facing South-West region; disclosing that each of the six States has procured not less than 20 pickup vehicles and 100 units of motorcycles for the operations.
He expressed optimism that the formation of the outfits would enhance the efforts of the State Governments in tackling security challenges across the zone and the nation as a whole.
Arakunrin Akeredolu admonished those that would be involved in the operations not to
politicise the operation, saying none of the vehicles for the Amotekun outfit should be used for political campaign during election periods.
Other dignitaries at the event were: Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi; leader of the Yoruba World Congress, Emeritus Prof. Banji Akintoye; Director General, Development Agenda for South-West Nigeria, Mr Seye Oyeleye, among many others.