The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde on Wednesday reiterated that Amotekun will not be controlled by the Federal Government. Governor Makinde explained how efforts made in collaboration with local government chairmen has helped tackled crime in some parts of the state.
He stressed that they will not rescind their decision to establish the security outfit, Amotekun. The Governor made the statement in response to the presidency after the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, said Amotekun structure will be streamlined by the Inspector General of Police.
In his statement, Makinde said, “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.”