Oyo State Governor, Mr Seyi Makinde, has replied the presidency after the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, said Amotekun structure will be streamlined by the Inspector General of Police.
Speaking on Wednesday in Ibadan during a meeting with Chairmen of Local Government Areas (LGs) and local council development areas (LCDAs), at state Secretariat, Ibadan, Makinde said Amotekun will not be under any Federal establishment. Explaining how local collaborative efforts have helped arrest criminality in a part of the state, the Governor said no going back on Amotekun
“At Okeho the other day, armed robbers robbed a bank and thankfully the community rose to the occasion and they assisted to apprehend those people. They combed the forest.
“That is why I will continue to say that Amotekun is here to stay with us. And it will not be under the control of the federal establishment. It will be under our control. Security of our people is extremely important.
“Nothing can take place in an atmosphere of insecurity. Oyo State is a very large area. In terms of land size, we are more than all the States in South-East Nigeria so we have a lot to do to secure this area.
“We have an international border with smuggling taking place. They killed a Customs officer in Saki a few weeks ago and these things are not acceptable to us,” Makinde said.