– Babajide Sanwo-Olu has opened up on the reason why Amotekun is not operating in Lagos state unlike other southwest states
– The Lagos state governor on Monday, June 7, stated that the Neighbourhood Safety Corps are already doing Amotekun’s work
– According to him, the operatives of the safety corps engages in border patrol apart from community policing
Lagos state – Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has revealed why the Lagos state government has not established the southwest security initiative called Amotekun in the state.
According to Sanwo-Olu, the state government would not set up the security outfit because it already has an operational Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps.
He made the disclosure while speaking on Arise TV’s programme, The Morning Show, on Monday, June 7.
The governor explained that the concept of the security outfit is to go to the bush and deal with border patrol, however, Lagos only shares boundaries with Ogun state and the Atlantic Ocean.
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Speaking further, Sanwo-Olu revealed that he was a member of the committee that agreed on the establishment of the regional security network which has already taken off in the other southwest states.
Southwest governors establish Amotekun
The six southwest governors under the aegis of southwest governors forum on Thursday, February 13, 2020, agreed on Amotekun created by the governors in the region.
Rotimi Akeredolu, the chairman of the southwest governors’ forum, at the end of the closed-door deliberations, identified Amotekun as a community policing strategy to tackle crime in the region.
The regional security outfit was established to complement the efforts of the Nigerian police in tackling security challenges in the region.
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This was disclosed in a statement signed by Moses Alao, special assistant to Makinde on print media. He also disclosed that Col. Olayanju Bisiriyu Olayinka (Rtd) was appointed as the commandant of the security outfit.
According to the statement, the two retired military officers will oversee Amotekun security operation.