‘We will not collapse Amotekun into community policing’- Akeredolu
NEWSMAN, Akure – Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has vowed that the South West security outfit otherwise known as the Amotekun Corps will not be incorporated into the Nigeria Police or under the cover of community policing.
According to Akeredolu who is the Chairman of South West Governors’ Forum, the grassroot security outfit was set up by enabling law, hence its role is to complement the conventional security agencies.
The governor spoke while appearing on Channels TV breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily on Wednesday.
“What we fail to agree on is operation and command. The operation and command of the multi-level of policing cannot be central. It is an idea that will come to be. There will be state police and at a point the local government will have theirs. All of us combine together to ensure security of lives and property. Community policing is good idea. Who will be in command, the community will own. We must work towards having multi-level policing”, he said.
Akeredolu noted that the relationship between the Nigeria Police and Amotekun corps was to partner in securing the people and their property.
“Ours is collaborative and not confrontational. We will collaborate and work together. We have deployed our Amotekun into the rural areas. That is where kidnapping is taking place. We recruited hunters who know the forest. It will not be accepted for Amotekun to be collapsed into community policing.”
“We have a President who has a listening ear, if IG is not ready to listen to us, we will go and meet the President; we will continue to make the case, we will not collapse Amotekun into community policing.”, the Governor added.
Akeredolu said talks were ongoing to allow the Amotekun Corps carry firearms even as they currently make use of non-prohibited ammunition.