Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has stated that Amotekun, a regional security outfit put in place by South West governors, cannot be subsumed by the Nigeria Police.
He stated this today, Wednesday when he confronted the Deputy Inspector General of Police, DIG, Leye Oyebade, saying the DIG was wrong to have said that the regional security arrangement would have to come under the police.
Akeredolu said there can only be collaboration and cooperation to secure the local communities.
The Governor made this position known when he featured on a live television show on Channels TV, adding that whoever has issues with the present nomenclature of Amotekun can only go to court to challenge its configurations, adding that the outfit is “Backed by Law.”
“We will not collapse Amotekun into Community Police. We are not people that the IG will dictate to. Amotekun is different. Community police is different. If the IG does not understand, he will go one day and another IG will come who would understand,” he said
He said on the issue of arms carrying, that there has not been any solid agreement on that, adding that Amotekun operatives may have to be allowed to carrying some kinds of arms.