Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi has signed the state Security Network Agency Bill, code-named Amotekun, into law, warning criminals to stay away from the state or get caught.
The governor, who signed the bill into law in the presence of the Speaker, Mr. Funminiyi Afuye; other principal officers, Deputy Governor, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi and members of the State Council of Traditional Rulers, urged investors to come to Ekiti State and invest in the state.
Fayemi reiterated his earlier submission that Amotekun was not a substitute for existing security, but a complementary security network aimed to assist in information gathering to deal with criminals.
He said the resilience of Ekiti kete and Yoruba race brought the security outfit to full operation, describing the scenario leading to the consummation of Amotekun corps as novel since the advent of democracy in 1999.
“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, ritual killings, banditry, youths’ restiveness, cattle rustling, insurgency and terrorism are daunting.
“In tackling some of these menaces, which surfaced in the South-West region, the governors in the zone officially launched Western Nigeria Security Network in Ibadan on January 20, 2020 and the bill that will form the legal framework was passed by the State House of Assembly.
“Amotekun is not a substitute to the existing security network, but a complement to it. It is not for Ekiti people alone but for everybody. As long as you are resident in Ekiti State, you enjoy the right to be protected.
“Crime fighting is a collective responsibility. Those perpetrating crimes are living among us and let us be vigilant and help the Amotekun Corps to fish out criminals in our midst”, he said.
Fayemi promised that the handlers of Amotekun would be thorough with the issues of recruitment, training and deployment of the operatives for efficiency and effectiveness of the network.Afuye said the homogeneity of Yoruba race, in terms of politics, culture and history, made the Amotekun gained traction in the South-West region.