“Never again will invaders come into Oyo State without a local response from us. Amotekun is our local response”. That was part of the speech delivered by Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State at the launch of the Oyo State Security Network Agency, code-named Amotekun Corps to tackle insecurity in the state.
Makinde made the statement at the passing-out parade of the 1,500 pioneer Amotekun Corps which held at the Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo.
According to the governor, the Amotekun Corps will work hand in hand with the police and other security agencies to combat crimes in the state.
“As I said during the official launch of this outfit in January 2020, our regional integration, through Amotekun, should be seen in one light. We are coming together to fight a common enemy. That enemy is not Nigeria; the enemies are the elements among us and their affiliates, who are determined to cause commotion within our states’ borders and threaten our peaceful coexistence.”
“When the story of the Western Nigeria Security Network, codenamed Amotekun is told, it will be on record that it was officially launched on January 9, 2020. However, the Amotekun journey began earlier. In July 2019, the six states of the South-west, namely Ekiti, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, and Oyo States, agreed to set up this outfit.”