The Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, has refuted claims that six south governors refused the summons of the presidency to the launch of Operation Amotekun, the Western Nigeria Security Network Code.
According to him, the governor of Ekiti State represented them there and spoke with the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, who demanded to know the progress of the operation
“Let me be very clear to you, the presidency never summoned the governors at no time. I am sure that the presidency are agreeable to this. All that happened was very clear, we needed to have formal discussions with the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and we didn’t all have to go there, the Governor of Ekiti represented us all there and had formal discussion with the IGP and that was all. The president never summoned us on this matter at all,” Governor Akeredolus stated.
The governor further said that the activities of the operation were uncertain but it would be double-checked to make sure “abuse is minimal.”
“We will do this from the beginning, those we are employing, those we are drafting and that will work in the scheme are being trained and with the training and if anybody falls short and or go out of the way, then he is out, so we are going to ensure that those that will work are properly trained, they will know what their limits are,” Akeredolu stated.
“So, for us, it is a human endeavour that could have one lapse here and there but by and large we will ensure that nobody runs foul.”
He gave the assurance that progress would happen and that they would all work together to achieve it.
“It can never fizzle out, if all of us, six governors in this zone come together to do something, are you saying we have decided to buy those vehicles to throw into the stream? We have bought vehicles, motorcycles and co to this outfit and we are sure it will be here for long.
“Whatever happens, you will remember that we always start something here. We started the road safety here, now road safety is federal, so we have started something here again and we said, it is helping community policing and I am sure that it will soon catch up everywhere in the country.
“What we are doing is legal and all we know is that it is within our powers. Section 14 of the constitution is very clear and we have responsibilities for our people in this zone for their security of lives and property, so it is in pursuit of that, that we are setting that up to make sure that at least, to give our people the confidence that the governors are worried with the state of insecurity in the region.
“We have said that the essence of Amotekun is collaborations. We are not here to upstage any of the existing security operatives, be it military, police, civil defence, all of them. We are all going to work together, I can assure you,” the governor said.