Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has signed the bill for the establishment of the State Security Network Agency and Amotekun Corps into law.
Fayemi signed the bill at the event held at the popular Jibowu Hall inside the Government House, Ado-Ekiti in the presence of government functionaries and traditional rulers.
The Governor warned criminals to steer clear of Ekiti, assuring that “Amotekun Corps will get you wherever you hide”.
“The security outfit would not be politicised but rather strengthened to ensure that criminals within and outside the state had no breathing space.
“The resilience of Ekiti kete and Yoruba race brought the security outfit to full operation. Since the advent of democracy in 1999, this is the first time when Yoruba people will speak with one voice without political or religious considerations.
“As a responsible and responsive government,it is our belief that security is significant and we won’t toy with security of lives and property.
“The current challenges of proliferation of small arms, rutial killings, banditry, youth restiveness , cattle rustling , insurgency and terrorism are daunting.
“In tackling some of these menaces, which surfaced in the southwest region, the governors in the zone officially launched Western Nigeria Security Network in Ibadan on Jan 20, 2020 at and the bill that will form the legal framework was passed by the State House of Assembly .
“Let me clarify that Amotekun will help the police to arrest, gather intelligence and information , arrest and prosecution of criminals , tackle illegal mining, land trespass, cattle rustling, destruction of crops, tresspass into farmlands, cultism, highway robbery, among others.
“Amotekun is not a substitute to the existing security networks , but a complement to it. It is not for Ekiti people alone, but for everbody. As long as you are resident in Ekiti, you enjoy the right to be protected , so it is not for the indigenes alone.
“Crime fighting is a collective responsibility. Those perpetrating crimes are living among us and let us be vigilant and help the Amotekun Corps fish out criminals in our midst.
“The issues of recruitment, training and deployment will be carefully considered. All the operatives will work in areas where they understand better”.