Fayemi inaugurates Amotekun
Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi yesterday inaugurated the Ekiti State Security Network Agency, codenamed Amotekun Corps.
According to him, it is not meant to replace or discredit the conventional security agencies, but to collaborate with and strengthen their operations.
The governor explained that the establishment of the security outfit was aimed at addressing the security challenges facing the state and South West.
Fayemi, who stated this at event featuring the passing out and parade of the recruited personnel of the outfit at the Ekiti Parapo Pavilion, Ado-Ekiti, noted that fighting crime required input and collaboration of every citizen.
He said that the agency would safeguard the human rights of the citizens of the state as enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution, adding that all citizens are expected to go about their normal business without any fear of intimidation.
Fayemi said: “The precarious security situation we are contending with nationwide has created a palpable fear in the minds of our people, the current challenges of proliferation of small arms and light weapons, kidnapping, assassination, cattle rustling, ritual killing, armed robbery, cultism and youth restiveness are daunting but surmountable.
“Amotekun is not a substitute for any of the existing security agencies. Amotekun is here to strengthen our general security.”
The governor, who explained that the impact of COVID-19 had delayed the launch, called for vigilance.
While congratulating officials of the corps, the governor enjoined them to shun any act that could tarnish or rubbish the image and purpose of the outfit.
Earlier, the Corps Commander, Brig-Gen. Joe Akomolafe (rtd), said the state was no longer safe for criminals.
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