A 200-member-strong operatives of the Western Nigeria Security Network, otherwise known as Amotekun, have been launched into Ibarapa Local Government Area of Oyo State to chase away bandits troubling the area.
The move is the latest response of the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, as he personally takes over command of the security operations, with the leadership of the outfit reporting to him directly about their day-to-day activities.
A government statement, quotes the governor as saying the deployment was the outcome of an agreement during a meeting with security agencies and stakeholders in the crisis-torn area.
It said: “Following the meeting held with representatives of Igangan, Ibarapaland which was attended by security stakeholders including the recently appointed Commissioner of Police, Oyo State, Mrs. Ngozi Onadeko, our administration has come up with a security strategy for that zone.
“We have resolved to redeploy 200 members of the Oyo State Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Amotekun to kidnapping/banditry hotspots in the state, especially in the Ibarapa and Oke-Ogun zones.
“These operatives will launch missions to rid the forests of criminals. They will be presenting daily reports of their activities to me in the short run and periodic reports in the long run.
“In the next few weeks, we’ll hold town hall meetings and community outreaches, bringing together residents and security agencies to talk about any issues of immediate concern and how they can be resolved through dialogue and more effective community policing.”
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