I’ll Buy AK-47 Rifles For Amotekun,If We’re Given Licence- Makinde

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Seyi Makinde

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde said he would prefer that operatives of the Western Nigeria Security Network, codenamed Amotekun, carry AK-47 rifles to boost security operations in the region, if the law permits.

He stated this at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan, while delivering his keynote address at the 2021 ‘Governor ‘Seyi Makinde (GSM) National Democracy Summit’.

Makinde pointed out that, one of the reasons why the Western Nigeria Security Network code-named Amotekun is recording success is because members of the corps are drawn from the locality. They know the terrain and so can gather needed intelligence.

He expressed the challenge facing the country would be effectively solved when the state governors become the actual Chief Security Officers in charge of the security personnel in their state.

We need to fully appreciate that state policing is a sure cure to our national development challenges. Anyone who has been involved in security at any level will tell you that policing is local. One of the reasons why the Western Nigeria Security Network code-named Amotekun is recording success is because members of the corps are drawn from the locality. They know the terrain and so can gather needed intelligence.

When the state governors become the actual Chief Security Officers in charge of the security personnel in their state, they can quickly respond to security challenges. For example, with what happened at Igangan a few days ago, the people can hold me responsible for letting them down. Even though I continue to take responsibility for the security situation in Oyo State; we all know that in reality, the Commissioner of Police has to wait for orders from “above” before taking specific actions to benefit the local population. And there are several limitations to what Amotekun can do right now and the types of firearms they can carry.

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