Governor Seyi Makinde the Oyo state governor on Tuesday signed the law for the State Safety Agency (Amotekun) bill 2020.
Governors of the Southwest Zone, under the directive of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, of the State of Ondo, launched the Amotekun initiative on 9 January in Ibadan.
The launch required the process of giving legal support to the Security outfit in the six states of the South West region of Nigeria.
The Oyo State Assembly, on February 24, held a public hearing on the project and approved it on March 3.
In his statements after signing the project, Makinde said the process for establishing Amotekun began in July 2019.
He said the initiative was only to complement existing security agencies to address security challenges and not replace existing ones.
The governor noted that the security agencies had been stretched to the limit, emphasizing that there were challenges in the Northeast, where part of the staff was seconded.
“But we still need to create a safe environment at the state and local government levels so that our people can do their legal business.
“I am also taking this opportunity to thank the security agencies for the work they are doing,” he said.
The governor warned criminal-minded people to stay away from Oyo State and the entire southwestern geographic area, saying “Amotekun would catch them if they refused to leave.”
He assured investors that they can come to Oyo state, saying the state is safe for business.
Debo Ogundoyin, led other parliamentarians to present the bill to the governor for approval.