South-West govs pool 100 vehicles for regional patrol – Independent Observers

South-West govs pool 100 vehicles for regional patrol

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By Kunle Adedoyin

Governors of the five South-West states have concluded plans to donate 20 patrol vehicles each to their proposed regional security outfit, Amotekun.

Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State who disclosed this in a statement, said the joint patrol team was to ensure the security of the entire South-West region.

Abiodun was quoted to have stated this during a stakeholders’ dinner/fundraiser organised by the Ogun State Security Trust Fund Board on Sunday.

About N1bn was believed to have been raised during the event to fight insecurity.

“In conjunction with the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria Commission, the five South-West states have agreed to set up a joint patrol team that will be called Amotekun,” Abiodun said.

 “Each of the states is required to donate at least 20 patrol vehicles, communication equipment and personnel to the task force. The personnel will be recruited from the police, army, vigilance groups and hunters.”

Abiodun said Ogun State would soon start residents’ registration as part of measures to check insecurity and enable it to plan properly.

He decried the lack of communication system for security agencies in the state, noting that it was bad that the lack of a proper communication system had stalled proper communication between security chiefs in the state.

“It is shameful that our security agencies do not have a communications system or equipment within the state, meaning that the Commissioner of Police cannot speak with his counterparts in the military, Department of State Services or worse still, he cannot speak with his Area commander, Divisional Police Officers of police stations across the state. Their vehicles are not functioning very well; no tracking devices, no enough finance; so, we are looking at correcting those anomalies with our security trust fund.”

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