Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has said the state government will not allow the Inspector General of Police to take charge of the state security Network popularly known as Operation Amotekun.
He made this known while reacting to a statement credited to Presidential Spokesman, Garba Shehu, that Amotekun’s structure would come under the control of the IGP.
The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, on Thursday, said that the security outfit is backed by law and would no be controlled by the federal government.
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.”