Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo has reiterated his commitment to state policing and has expressed hope that if the Federal Government licences the use of sophisticated weapons, he won’t hesitate to equip the Amotekun Corps with them.
The Governor who is also a strong advocate for state policing noted that this is one of the benefits that true federalism will bring Nigeria.
He further said that foreign investors can only invest in our states if they find it secure.
Makinde said, “One of the reasons why the Western Nigeria Security Network code-named Amotekun, is recording success is because members of the corps are drawn from the locality. They know the terrain and so can gather needed intelligence. Also, they can be held accountable by the local people.”
“When the state governors become the actual Chief Security Officers in charge of the security personnel in their state, they can quickly respond to security challenges.”
“Yes, we will continue to do our best. We were able to get Amotekun off the ground and it is in operation now…but there are several limitations to what Amotekun can do right now and the types of firearms they can carry. If we are given the authority and licence, I will also buy AK47 rifles for Amotekun.”
“So, these are just two areas where true federalism will bring greater economic benefits and development to Nigerian states.”