Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta
Former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel has thrown his weight behind the formation of Amotekun security outfit by the six Southwest governors saying that it was an initiative that was terribly needed to combat the various security challenges of kidnapping, armed robbery, herdsmen/farmers crisis ravaging the region.
Former Gov Gbenga Daniel stated this while reacting to the directive of the federal government that Amotekun was an illegal security outfit said
The former governor stated that “that there is practically nothing wrong in establishing the regional security outfit and other similar organisations especially since they are meant to complement the efforts of the Nigerian Police and other security agencies in the country which in practical terms appear to have been overstretched. The Nigerian Police clearly needs help at this point in time”
OGD as he is fondly called said “I see Amotekun as putting a structure around what has been in existence for several years. In fact, the initiative of the Governors bring informal security outfits under the law, so it cannot be an infraction against the constitution. People and communities have engaged private security concerns to protect them over the years.
“The Governors in their respective states are considered the Chief Executive and Security officers. Except you are now stripping them of the ‘executive’ titles. By that right and power which is also derived from the Constitution, they can decide what form of security architecture suitable for their states and can sign cooperative agreements with anyone and any states in pursuit of that.
“States do sign cooperative agreement on joint economic initiatives; Lagos and Kebbi States produced “Lake Rice” in a sort of cooperative arrangement; there have been cooperation on Border Towns joint development etc, so I see no reasons why States can not cooperate on security which threatens them as a people of common history and heritage.
“No doubt the South West was gradually becoming an endangered region in terms of security of lives and properties and before this gets out of hand, a quick and organised fix like Amotekun is desirable.”