Why Lagos govt has not established Amotekun – Sanwo-Olu


The Lagos State government would not establish an Amotekun outfit because it already has an operational Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said.

Speaking on Arise TV’s programme, The Morning Show, on Monday, Mr. Sanwo-Olu said, unlike the other south-west states, Lagos has boundaries with only Ogun State and the Atlantic Ocean.

The governor said he was in the committee that agreed on the establishment of Amotekun, the southwest regional security network which has since become operational in the other five states in the region.

“We were together when we made the decision on Amotekun and I supported it,” Mr Sanwo-Olu said.

“But this is just the truth, Lagos is trying to have what we call the Neighbourhood Watch. The concept of Amotekun is to go to the bush and deal with our border patrol. What borders did Lagos have? Atlantic Ocean and Ogun State. Where is the border between Lagos and Ogun? You want to go to Berger where you don’t even know where Lagos or Ogun enter?

“So what I’m saying is that we just need to think out of the box and look at the local solution that is peculiar to every state. It’s not just in the fanciful name of Amotekun, it’s in the quality of what we’re seeking to achieve.



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