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Governors Are Called Security Chiefs Yet Handicapped – Akeredolu




The Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has expressed his disappointment, over restrictions placed on governor from handling security units in their state.

He stated this while speaking at a governorship debate organised by Channels Television today.

Akeredolu questioned why governors are referred to as security chiefs, but are handicapped when it comes to policing their state.

He went on to say this is the reason for which AMOTEKUN, a south-western states security unit was established.

He defended the move by saying that the failure of the current security architecture led to the creation of Amotekun, the western Nigeria security network (WNSN).

Recall that in January, the federal government and states in the south-west reached an agreement to draw up a legal framework for Amotekun.

Akeredolu said  “I can assure you that I am not pleased with our security architecture in the country today. I am one of the strong advocates for multi-level policing, and that the country is ripe for it. I believe that to have a single command, for instance, for our police, can now ensure the security we need.

“For us as a state, or state governors, to be called the chief security officers without having powers does not make sense. That is one of the reasons that led to a number of us — those of us in the south-west — to create the south-west security network, which we christened Amotekun.

“Amotekun, as you know, is backed by law. Amotekun has come to stay, and we are making a case that ‘look, as chief security officers, those who have been saddled with the responsibility of the security of lives and properties of our states, we have a stake.’

“I believe that the police are saddled with a lot of things. It might be that things are getting out of their hands, and they don’t have the numbers. So, we are prepared as a state to assist, so that we can work together. And that is the essence of Amotekun.”


Source: Naija News

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