MakindeGovernor Seyi Makinde has disagreed with the Presidency over its plan to bring Oyo State Security Network popularly known as Operation Amotekun under the control of the Inspector General of Police.
The governor said the security agency which has a legislation backing its creation would be controlled by the state and not any federal establishment.
According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa, on Thursday, Makinde said this while holding a meeting with chairpersons of the 68 local government and local council development Areas in Ibadan.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media, Garba Shehu, had said on Tuesday that Amotekun’s structure would come under the control of the IGP but Makinde has expressed disagreement with that.
Makinde said, “We want our people to sleep with their two eyes closed. Of course, security is one of the pillars of this administration and we must do everything possible to invest in the security of lives and property.
“In Okeho the other day, armed robbers went to rob and the community rose against them and apprehended them. They combed the forests and they got them.
“This is why I will continue to say it and I am saying it for the whole world to hear; Amotekun is here to stay with us. And it will not be under the control of the federal establishment. It will be under our control. Security of our people is extremely important, because nothing can take place, as far as we are concerned, in an atmosphere of insecurity.”
The governor also offered the local government bosses to ensure adequate security in their domains as ember months were drawing closer to make every part of the state peaceful