The six southwest governors have finally launched the Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Operation Amotekun on Thursday, in Ibadan, on Thursday.
Speaking at the event, the Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde said that the state has, with the achievement of such giant stride, added another cap to its feather.
Makinde said: “With this launch, Oyo State has added another feather to his cap. Today will go long in history as the first regional security outfit in Nigeria was launched and hosted by the state of the first.”
He said further that: “We will also learn that everything we have applied to do with Amotekun is in line with the existing security architecture in Nigeria. All we are doing is creating an appendage of local vigilantes that will feed the current state apparatus. Personally, I am excited to be part of this history because I believe that the collaboration we are starting today will make way for other regional roads and development and will ultimately improve the lives of the citizenry.”
Recall that there was fear initially about the launch of the Operation following the summon of the governors by the Presidency.
Also speaking, Governor of Ekiti State and the Chairman of Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), Dr Kayode Fayemi, said the introduction of Amotekun in the South-West is not to create a regional police force.
He reiterated that the creation of Amotekun is not an agenda of any course but the security and safety of our people in the southwest States
At the event, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye, urged the people of South-West to join hands and support the Amotekun which was introduced by the South-West governors.
Governor Kayode Femi, Seyi Makinde and Rotimi Akeredolu were present while the Osun Governor was represented by his deputy, Mr Benedict Alabi.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Dapo Abiodun were absent.
On the ground at the Car Park of the Oyo State Governor’s Office were contingents from the six states of Lagos, Ondo, Ekiti, Ogun, Osun and the host state Oyo. Also at the venue are leaders of thought and groups.
They include Prof. Banji Akintoye; Group Managing Director, Odu’a Investments Ltd., Mr Adewale Raji; Director-General, Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission, Mr Seye Oyeleye; Arch Muyiwa Ige, Mr Ayo Afolabi and Kunle Famoriyo of the Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) and some traditional rulers.
Also in attendance are members of vigilante groups such as local hunters and the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) and statutory security agencies.