Amotekun vows to continue securing South-West even without State Police

Amotekun vows to continue securing South-West even without State Police

The Amotekun Security Corps has vowed to continue to secure lives and properties in the South-West region even if the Federal Government refuses to assent to the creation of the State Police.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Amotekun Corps Commander in Ekiti State, Brig. Gen. Joe Komolafe (retd) on Wednesday, January 13, who said President Muhammadu Buhari’s position on state police would not deter the outfit from securing the state and beyond.

The commander, who spoke with Vanguard, said without the presence of state government police, the creation of Amotekun has filled the void with a reduction in crime rates.

Komolafe, however, said for security reasons, he would not disclose the strategies and plans to be used in securing the state.

He said: “Let me tell you that with or without state police; we have been securing the state, there is no doubt about this.

“We will continue to do this across the region because our people must be able to go about their activities; without any fear of being attacked.

“So, we are on the ground to ensure the security of lives and property and nothing can stop this.”

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In a separate interview, the Commander of Amotekun Corps in Ogun State, David Akinremi said the security outfit was created by South-West governors when there was insecurity in the zone.

Akinremi said though, President Buhari rejected the idea of State Police, he said: “I would not deceive you if we say we practise true federalism; there must be devolution of power to the state, including policing.”

He said: “Since, the inauguration of Amotekun Corps in Ogun State, the security agents; in conjunction with other security agencies in the state have been up and doing in securing the state.

“Amotekun has been able to close trust gap that existed between the locals and other security agencies in the state; because these locals prefer calling Amotekun operatives whenever there is a security breach in their communities.

“The recruitment of Amotekun operatives is local; because, we recruit from communities and after training, we send them back to their communities to operate. With these, we know and believe that they know and understand their communities; and they should be able to work with desired dedication in their communities.

“Our operations can be best described as community involvement; because we expect the locals to be concerned with the security of their communities.”

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