Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has warned criminals to stay away from the state as any attempt would be their last operation.
He gave the warning on Friday while handing over 100 operational vehicles to the Western Nigerian Security Network codenamed ‘Operation Amotekun’.
The governor reiterated that his administration would continue to ensure zero tolerance to crimes, as adequate support would be given to all security outfits in the state.
He announced that apart from the 1,500 personnel currently engaged by the outfit, additional 500 persons would be recruited to further strengthen its capacity.
“Today, we are here strengthening the Amotekun Corps,” Governor Makinde said during the event held at the secretariat in Agodi, Ibadan. “We will continue to listen to you. We will continue to fulfill the promises we made to you before you gave us the mandate.
“Let me also repeat that if you see something, say something and it will be sorted by Amotekun. To criminals and criminally minded individuals, I was told that they usually import criminal elements into Oyo State.”
He added, “Well, we have the security vehicles but that is not the only thing we are doing. We are recruiting more Amotekun personnel and would be upgrading their communication structure. We are also equipping them so that they can respond to you adequately.
“So, my advice is, when you come to Oyo State with the intention to carry out any criminal activity, there is nowhere to hide. We will get you, deal with you and it will be your last operation.”
Governor Makinde appreciated the efforts and cooperation of the local government chairmen, saying they have demonstrated that the two tiers of government can work collaboratively to achieve the same objective.
He assured them that his administration would continue to provide good leadership, quality governance, and make life better for the citizenry.
The governor also thanked the leadership and operatives of Amotekun Corps in the state whom he said have changed the security landscape of Oyo.
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Finance in Oyo, Akin Ojo, explained that the vehicles were jointly financed by the state and local governments.
“We currently have about 1,500 personnel under the Amotekun Corps with an additional 500 in the pipeline to come on board,” he said.
“The whole essence of these vehicles is to ensure efficiency in the security architecture in Oyo State. These vehicles were jointly financed by the Oyo State government and the local governments in the state.”