Southwest governments have set up a security arrangement code named ‘Amotekun’ as part of efforts to tackle the spate of insecurity in the region for the safety of the citizenry.
According to The Nation, Ondo State Governor and Chairman South West Governors’ Forum, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, made this known in Akure on Thursday.
The Ondo State government said it has taken delivery of 20 hilux vans and 120 motorcycles for the operation to check mate crimes in the state.
At a briefing in Akure, the Ondo state capital, Commissioner for information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, told reporters that the action was a first step against insecurity.
According to him, South West governors are worried about the current security challenges facing the region
He said they had jointly taken a drastic measure to reduce high rate of insecurity.
The commissioner said: “The security architecture being put in place by the South West governors will be all-encompassing and a continuous process to effectively curb kidnapping and other criminality in the state”.
He said all the forests which criminals are using as hideouts would be combed and criminals flushed out completely.
The commissioner said “in a few weeks’ time security outfit will be unveiled and the spate of insecurity being witnessed in the last three or four months would have been reduced to the barest minimum, if not totally eradicated”.
According to him, it will be code named Amotekun.
“Mr Governor, who is also the Chairman, South West Governor’s Forum, has taken some far reaching measures which are highly commendable. He is not resting on his oars.
“The people can be rest assured that in a matter of days, the forests of Ondo will be put under proper security surveillance through useful intelligence gathering,”The Nation quoted the Commissioner as saying.
Ojogo also hinted that Akeredolu had initiated the Security Trust Fund, which he said was the outcome of the Security Summit held in Ondo State late last year.
He added that the development would bring drastic measures to curb violence and insecurity.