Governor Seyi Makinde has maintained that the South-West Security Network codenamed “Amotekun” would not be under any federal establishment.
The Governor, on Wednesday, while speaking during a meeting with chairmen of local government areas (LGs) and local council development areas (LCDAs), at the State Secretariat, Ibadan, asserted that the security network would be entirely regulated by the state government.
The Governor opined that there was no going back on implementing Amotekun in the state while making references to communities where crimes have been forestalled with the local collaborative efforts.
According to him: “At Okeho the other day, armed robbers robbed a bank and thankfully the community rose to the occasion and they assisted to apprehend those people. They combed the forest.
“That is why I will continue to say that Amotekun is here to stay with us. And it will not be under the control of the federal establishment. It will be under our control. Security of our people is extremely important.”
“Nothing can take place in an atmosphere of insecurity. Oyo state is a very large area. In terms of land size, we are more than all the States in South-East Nigeria so we have a lot to do to secure this area.”
“We have an international border with smuggling taking place. They killed a Customs officer in Saki a few weeks ago and these things are not acceptable to us,” Makinde said.