The six South West governors under the aegis of South West Governors Forum on Thursday agreed with the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu on the security outfit created by the governors in the region, Amotekun.
The agreement on the security outfit is the result of the stakeholders’ summit on community policing involving the IG, the governors, commissioners of Police as well as Commissioner for Justice from the six states in the region, other security agencies in the state, Royal fathers, Community Development Committees (CDCs) and other stakeholders at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja.
Addressing the press after the closed door deliberations, the chairman of the South West Governors Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu and IGP Adamu identified Amatekun as a community policing strategy to tackle crime in the region.
However, they stated the outfit is not a regional but community initiative.
Akeredolu said: “It is clear that community policing which the Nigeria police is anchoring is one that will benefit all of us from the ward up to the state level.”
He added that after the meeting all stakeholders agreed to embrace community policing in its entirety.
He, however, said that Amotekun is not a regional police stating: “We have made things clear to everybody and we want all of us to know now that when we said we are having Amotekun, it is not that we are creating a regional police, Amotekun is not a regional police.