The south western part of Nigeria now has its own security outfit named ‘Amotekun’ and would commence operation across the zone on January 9, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state has announced. Fayemi said on Wednesday, January 1, in his new year message, that the job of Amotekun, created by the six governors of the region, would be to complement the country’s security agencies in a bid for peace.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Fayemi said: “On January 9, 2020, the western Nigeria security network known as ‘Amotekun’ shall commence operations in all the six states in our zone.
“Ekiti is very active in this initiative which will go a long way in securing the people and protecting the state.” The governor, however noted that it would be difficult for criminals to be totally eradicated from a society, but that their activities could be reduced. ”Since we are not an Island, we are working with neigbouring states to strengthen our security architecture,” Fayemi said while urging residents of the state not to allow themselves become tools in the hands of those who love trouble. He assured that the security situation in Ekiti state is being closely monitored and that the lives of the people would remain paramount to his government. ”Ekiti remains one of the safest places to live, work and conduct business in Nigeria.
”We must encourage our people to report any strange signal or incident, but we must resist the temptation to resort to self-help at any time,” the governor said.
On Friday, August 23, 2019, Fayemi had said that governors in the south west planned a security network in an effort to tackle such related challenges in the zone of the
Fayemi made the disclosure while fielding questions from newsmen on the sideline of the first governors’ lecture series at the University of Lagos in conjunction with the university’s multi media centre of excellence.