Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has reiterated that it will not be used for ethnic persecution to form the Ondo State Security Network Agency also known as’ Amotekun.’ This was stated by the governor on Monday as he declared the public hearing on the bill for the formation of Amotekun held at Babafunke Ajasin Auditorium, Igbatoro road in Akure, open. According to the governor, the welfare of the state’s citizens is paramount to him, hence the involvement of the local people in creating the Ondo State Security Network which will serve as the Amotekun Corps.
“Amotekun is just only to assist the police and civil defence in the battle against insecurity in order to share intelligence particularly in terrains the conventional security agencies are not familiar with.
“Either we like it or we don’t like it, Amotekun has no way back. All we’re here for is simply to have your input on the protection outfit, “he said. While stressing that consideration had been given to all the necessary factors regarding the outfit, the governor said Amotekun will be fully achieved regardless of the obstacles. “At the State Executive Council, we scrutinized it and it was forwarded to the State House of Assembly which scaled through the first and second reading. The next stage is the public hearing to get the feedback from everyone to have an efficient Ondo State Security Network Agency.
“There are those who endorse Amotekun and some who aren’t supportive. But the supporting ones will triumph.
The Amotekun issue is not a one-state initiative, but involves all six south-western states that included the Attorneys General’s and Speakers ‘ collaborations. “It was the DAWN commission that worked on Amotekun before we, the governors, decided to carry it out,” he said. In his remark, the Speaker of the House of Assembly of Ondo State, Bamidele Oleyelogun, promised that all comments received at the public hearing will be taken into account when harmonizing the status of the State with the other five South-Western states.
Meanwhile, at the public hearing, Chief Olu Falae who represented Afenifere said those skeptics about Amotekun should bury such thinking as the move was not the Yorubas ‘ plan to secede from Nigeria. “Neither Yorubas can secede from Nigeria. We sowed much to consider secession. What we are stressing here is the country’s insecurity problem. “The emergence of Amotekun stands for Yorubas ‘ freedom from oppression within the Nigerian community. The bill should include Section 5 that Amotekun Corps should have the power to prosecute, “he said.
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