Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Tuesday signed the Oyo State Security Network, code-named Amotekun Corps Bill 2020, into law at the Executive Council Chambers of the Governor’s Office, Secretariat, Ibadan.
During the signing, he reiterated that the Amotekun initiative is not a replacement for the traditional security agencies. He noted that prior to its establishment, they noticed existing gaps in the funding and even in the number of personnel employed but the security of the people remained the driving force.
In a statement through his twitter account, the governor wrote: “This morning, I signed the State Security Network Agency (Àmọ̀tẹ́kùn) Bill, 2020 into law. It’s been a long & torturous journey which started as far back as July 2019. Today, history has been made as Oyo State joins other southwest states to have the Àmọ̀tẹ́kùn law in force.”
Makinde stressed that the Amotekun Law was a product of effective planning, strategizing, engagement and alignments among the six states of the South-West geopolitical zone.
He said, “Let me also add that this is not a replacement for the traditional security agencies. We saw that there are existing gaps in the funding and even in the number of personnel employed but we have to secure our people. This is meant to complement the effort of federal security agencies.”
Makinde called on investors to visit the state as he reiterated that his government has been committed to providing a safe and secure environment for investors, while assuring that his administration would guarantee high returns on their investments.
He took the opportunity to warn criminally-minded elements to stay away from the state and the south-west zone, as the newly-introduced security architecture and the new Amotekun initiative, the long arm of the law would always catch up with them.