It has been reported that the new Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 17, Mr Ene Okon has praised Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, the Ondo State Governor, for creating the State Security Network also known as Amotekun.
According to him, “I know Ondo was one of the endangered states in term of farmers/herders clashes. But the story has changed. Ondo is now one of the most peaceful states in Nigeria. You have made the job of the police and other security agencies simple. I know I am coming here to rest because you have done most of the job.”
Okon stated that, “I have been reading and hearing your doggedness on the creation and operation of Amotekun. Some people may have a different perception about Amotekun but you have enhanced community policing through Amotekun. Amotekun is one of the veritable organs for community policing. It is a great bridge between the police and the community.”
He added that, “You have created a very good atmosphere for me to work here because you have done your job as a Chief Security Officer. I am to work with you in conjunction with the Commissioner of Police. I assure you that we are going to move Ondo to the next level securitywise.”
While reacting to this, Governor Akeredolu, stated that, “Amotekun is established by law. Let us all work together. It is clear that the essence of creation of Amotekun is community policing.”
He added that, “And since the number of police is being depleted daily and the level of crime is increasing, it will be difficult to spread out with your limited number. Since police can not be everywhere, Amotekun is here for collaboration. “