South West Govs, IGP agree on Amotekun
By Afolabi Adekola
Governors of the Southwest of Nigeria and the Inspector General of Police have agreed to work in partnership and produce of providing efficient security services that will guarantee safety of lives and property in each of the states.
According to the Chairman of Southwest Governors’ Forum who is also the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, all areas of concerns in some quarters against the formation of Operation Amotekun in the states of the Southwest have been adequately addressed.
“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 the opportunity to clear areas of misconception about Operation Amotekun and 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.
At the opening ceremony of the one day meeting held at the Banquet Hall of the Lagos State Governor’ s Office in Alausa , Ikeja, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, restated the commitments of his colleagues to the provision of efficient and holistic security network that will protect lives and property of people in the geopolitical zone.
Governor Akeredolu said they have resolved to ensure that the lives of their people are adequately secured so that they would be able to go about their legitimate duties as law abiding citizens without panicking.
Akeredolu said the security situation of the country has undoubtedly gotten to a worrisome point such that everybody is greatly concerned.
“I doubt if the IG is even sleeping now, only yesterday he was in the East. By tomorrow may be he will be somewhere else.
“The National Assembly is concerned and I’m sure Mr President is also greatly bothered,” he said.
The governor was categorical on the decentralisation of the command structure of the Police in Nigeria in a manner that would enable the security of the people reflect their peculiar problems.
He added that much as the concept of Community Policing as being espoused by the Inspector General of Police looks salutary, it cannot entirely be the only situation to the myriad of security problems in our country.
Earlier, Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwolu said the business of security of lives and property rest with the people.
In his remarks, the Inspector General of Police,Mr Abubakar Adamu said the idea of Community Policing rests squarely with the public.
According to him, the security of the people should be in the hands of their respected authorities within the local communities.