Oyo State governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has stated that the Oyo State Security Network, codenamed Operation Amotekun, is here to stay in the state, adding that the outfit would not be under the control of the federal establishments but the state.
The governor stated this while addressing chairpersons of the 68 Local Government and Local Council Development Council Areas in the state, at a meeting held on Thursday, inside the House of Chiefs at the Secretariat, Ibadan.
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He said that security of lives and property in the state remained extremely important to his government, and that was impossible to achieve any meaningful development in an atmosphere of insecurity.
“We want our people to sleep with their two eyes closed. Of course, security is one of the pillars of this administration and we must do everything possible to invest in the security of lives and property. In Okeho the other day, armed robbers went to rob and the community rose against them and apprehended them. They combed the forests and they got them.
“This is why I will continue to say it and I am saying it for the whole world to hear; Amotekun is here to stay with us. And it will not be under the control of the federal establishment. It will be under our control. Security of our people is extremely important, because nothing can take place, as far as we are concerned, in an atmosphere of insecurity,” he said.