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‘Amotekun may metamorphose into State Police’

By Tola Gbadamosi

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The Chairman Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), Mohammed Shehu has commended South West Governors over the Amotekun initiative which was aimed at tackling insecurity in the region.

He added that the Corps may signal the beginning of State Police in Nigeria.

The Chairman made the disclosure, during a courtesy visit to the Amotekun  Command headquarters in Akure.

Represented by team leader of the  Indices and Disbursement Committee of Revenue Mobisation Allocation  and Fiscal Commission, Isiak Hamid, Shehu lauded the state Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu as well as other Governors in the region over their efforts at ensuring that peace continue to reign in their domain.

“We want to commend Governor Akeredolu and other Governors in the southwest for coming up with the noble initiative which has continued to reduce crime to its barest minimum in the area. May be, this would be the beginning of State Police in Nigeria”, he stated.

” We have seen commitment, and real patriotism. We can see that Mr. Governor did not set up this security outfit as a joke. It is not cosmetic.

“We will convey your message to our Chairman who sent us and we also ask that the state Governor gives a certain percentage to Amotekun to access stabilisation fund and it is our prayer that some part of it gets to the  Corps.

Earlier, Ondo State Commander of Amotekun, Akogun Adetunji Adeleye lauded the Commission for the visit and its readiness to support the Corps.

While describing funding as a challenge, he thanked Governor Akeredolu who has continued to ensure that the Corps continued to nip crimes in the bud, but added that they needed more supports in the area of funding for equipment, to holistically tackle crimes.

“One major advantage that we have is that we understand the terrain and we have the men, but we don’t have the equipment.

“Our security architecture is enhanced by very good communication equipment that we have, but it is grossly inadequate.

“Within our first six months of coming on board, we received over 5,000 petitions from farmers complaining that they were being robbed, Kidnapped and their livestock and farmlands destroyed, but within our limited resources, we were able to arrest the situation.

“Ondo State is the gateway to the entire south west region. You would have been saving future generations if you assist us with adequate fund to cushion the challenge of inadequate funding,” he said.

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