Governors in the South-West zone of the country have vowed to pursue ‘Operation Amotekun’ to a logical conclusion and ensure that the security outfit succeed in spite opposition from the Federal Government.
The Federal Government, after the launching of the security outfit in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital last week, had declared Amotekun Illegal.
However, speaking at this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration in Akure, Ondo State governor and Chairman of the South-West Governors Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu, said the six governors in the zone are fully prepared to ensure that operation Amotekun succeeds
He noted that in the quest to further curtail the menace of kidnapping, banditry and other crimes in Ondo State and the entire South-West region that the security outfit was launched.
“Amotekun is not a para-military outfit, the introduction of the security outfit is to compliment the efforts of other security agencies. We are prepared to ensure operation Amotekun succeeds. Operation Amotekun is not a paramilitary outfit.
“It is one of the many solutions being proffered to our security challenges in Western Nigeria.
“We want to assure you that the activities of the personnel working for the outfit will be monitored and streamlined along their mandate of securing lives and property of people of Ondo State and entire Western Nigeria and it will not be used for political purposes”, he said.
Akeredolu, however thanked the entire members the Nigeria Armed Forces for their sacrifices and controlling crime before, during and after the yuletide period through “Operation Crocodile Smile”.
The Governor said the relentless efforts of the members of the nation’s Armed Forces is beginning to yield positive result in the state and the country in general.
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