… govs Akeredolu, Fayemi allay fears
…as south west govs launch Amotekun in Ibadan
By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
Ondo and Ekiti States Governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu and Dr Kayode Fayemi respectively, have debunked insinuations in some quarters that south western security outfit code named “Amotekun” is meant to serve as a regional police force.
The duo in their address stated this at the launch of the security outfit in Ibadan on Thursday which is an initiative of the governors of the six south west geo- political zone through the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission.
Akeredolu who is the Chairman, South West Governors Forum stated that the security outfit was not serving as an alternative to the police force but to simply play a complementary role through intelligence gathering to the federal government security agencies.
“Let me reiterate that Amotekun is an initiative of all the governors of the south west states and its role is to complement the Nigeria police force
“The south west states believed in the unity of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, we believe in Nigeria to me, our sovereignty is indissoluble,” he stressed.
He assured that the security outfit will not be allowed to serve as tool by politicians against any political opponent or during political activities
Akeredolu who also said the south west governors will provide ligistic support fir the apparatus, disclosed that each of the states in the south west has procured nothing less than six vehicles for the take off with Oyo state procuring 33 vehicles
He called on the people of the region to continue to support the President Mohammadu Buhari- led federal government in its efforts to nip the current security challenges facing the country in the bud.
Ekiti state governor who also is the Chairman, Nigeria Governors Forum ,Dr. Kayode Fayemi: said the launch of the western Nigeria Security outfit, Amotekun; was born out of the fact that it will further boost the security of lives and properties of the people in the south west region.
“We all know the reason behind the creation of the Amotekun, we have been daily rubbed, we can no longer farm on our farms, the most prime of it is the cold murdered of the daughter of one of our leaders in Afenifere, Funke Olakunrin nee Fasoranti.
“My self and my colleague then think we should help the mainstream security to tackle the menace. From our initial Security summit we held in Ibadan some six months ago, we decided to create a security outfit that will be responsive and responsible and accountable for our citizenry.”
According to him, “Amotekun is nothing but a community policing, that is responsible for the problem of our people. It is important that we installed confidence in our people that voted us into power, and that is what Amotekun is going to do for our people.
“Amotekun is a confidence-building strategy in our people of the Southwest region. Amotekun is not a replacement nor a duplication of the Nigeria Police Force, but what gives them confidence that they are being looked after by those that put us in Office.
“We are not here to here to create a regional Police Force. we are all in support of community policing and also supporters of the State Police.
“We need a security system that will be very supportive and be very closer to our people, mostly in the rural areas, this is not an agenda to underestimate the security system of our Country, Nigeria.
“We are ready to do anything positive to protect the safety of our people. Amotekun will operate on State by State basis, no Amotekun personnel will come from Osun to Oyo for any operations.”
In his speech, Osun State Governor represented by the Deputy Governor, Benedict Alabi said ” Amotekun is just a security outfit for the south west States, to complement the present security system we have in the country.”
He charged Amotekun officials to always do their jobs with professionalism to make it a huge success while also commending service chiefs, the Inspector General of Police and President Buhari for their supports over Amotekun.
Leader of World Yoruba Congress,an umbrella body of Yoruba groups such as Afenifere, Prof. Banji Akintoye noted that Amotekun is a security Outfit meant for the betterment of the region assuring the governors of their support.
“I urge you the Amotekun Security Outfit official to stay by your trainers, don’t go beyond your boundaries, don’t bring in your own ideas over the ideas of your Training.” , he advised
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi charged all Yorubas to support the leaders of the security outfit to succeed
“we the traditional rulers are in support of the Amotekun, we have to support our Governors to achieve success on this project, we all know what happened in Oyo Town of recent and I can say that Baba Alaafin absence here can be linked to that fire incident. But I can tell you that Baba is in Support of this project,” he stated
Earlier, the host governor, Oyo State Governor Engr. Seyi Makinde said the demand to set up a regional security outfit that will complement the mainstream security outfit we have in Nigeria became an imperative so as to ensure a well robust security outfit in the South west States.
“With the assistance of our sisters States, like Osun, Ogun, Ondo, Ekiti and Lagos, we are here today to launch, Amotekun, which is the latest Security outfit for the south West States, that will be complimenting our Police to tackle any criminal activities in our States.”
“We realized that we cannot achieve anything positive and progress in an atmosphere where there is no peace.
“Myself and my colleague, that are here did not forget our oaths of office which is to provide a proper response to security of lives and property for our people.
“We are coming together to fight this common enemy, these enemies are factors that are affecting our progress, and the progress of our States, this is in harmony and in line with the Constitution of Nigeria. Amotekun Is in line with the security apparatus of Nigeria.
“We are excited that this will make way for further progress in our region. With the launch of Amotekun Oyo State has added another feather to her cap, he added