Governors of the Southwest of Nigeria and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) have agreed to work in partnership for the purpose of providing efficient security services that will guarantee safety of lives and property in each of the states from the Units through Wards to Local Government Areas and the State levels.
According to the Chairman of Southwest Governors’ Forum who is also the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN,all areas of concerns in some quarters against the formation of Operation Amotekun in the states of the Southwest have been adequately addressed.
Arakunrin Akeredolu spoke briefly after a closed door meeting of the Southwest Governors, Inspector General of Police, traditional rulers and other stakeholders , held in Lagos.
He said:”It is clear now to all of us that the Community Policing which the Nigeria Police is anchoring is one that will benefit all of us from our Units, Wards, Local Governments and States and we have chosen to embrace it.
Governor Akeredolu used the opportunity to declare that the creation of Amotekun was not synonymous with the creation of a regional police but a state based security outfit backed by the laws of the respective states within the Southwest Geopolitical zone.
“All of us have agreed that when you have laws in your respective state, backing any security outfit, Amotekun, you can go ahead for as long as it is within the legal bounds”, he said.
Also speaking the Inspector General of Police, Mr Abubakar Adamu said the meeting had afforded the top echelon of the Nigeria Police and the governors to clear areas of misconception about Operation Amotekun at fine tuning its effective take off in line the Community Policing strategy.
” It is now clear to all us that Amotekun is not a regional security outfit but a state based one “, the IG said.
He assured that the Nigeria Police would be ready to work with Amotekun in consonance with the legal framework enacted by the state that established it.
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