It appears that the coast is now clear for the establishment of Operation Amotekun, the security network set up by south-west governors.
The Inspector-General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, and the governors met on Thursday in Lagos to conclude plans on the security outfit.
The outfit received further backing from the police boss, who confirmed it as a formidable security apparatus to aid police in the new campaign for community policing across the country.
The meeting had the presence of Governors Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos) and Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo State), who is the Chairman of the Southwest Governors’ Forum.
Other states such as Ogun, Oyo, Osun and Ekiti States were ably represented by their deputies.
Akeredolu, while addressing the forum, appreciated Adamu Mohammed for ensuring adequate security across the nation.
“It is clear that community policing which the Nigerian police is anchoring is one that will benefit all of us from the ward up to the state level.
“We have made things clear to everybody and we want all of us to know now that when we said we are having Amotekun, it is not that we are creating a regional police.
“Amotekun is not a regional police”, Akeredolu stated.
Speaking in the same vein, the IG also confirmed that Amotekun is not a regional outfit.
“Every state, right now, has one form of security outfit or the other working with security agencies to fight crime and criminality.
“ Community policing is infused into all the existing states’ security structures,” he said.