The Chairman of the Western Nigerian Security Network and the Ondo state Commander of Amotekun, Chief Adetunji Adeleye, has commended the declaration of bandits as terrorists, describing it as a welcome development.
Adeleye who stated this in Akure, Ondo State capital, said though the Federal Government exercised enough patience before declaring bandits as terrorists, but said it was better late than never.
He, however, assured that the Amotekun in conjunction with other security agencies will work towards ensuring that terrorist groups are defeated in the country.
Adeleye said men of the Amotekun in Ondo State have been able to keep the state safe by the adequate implementation of the Anti-Grazing law signed by the Akeredolu-led administration.
He said “It’s not really about how many people we have arrested. We assured the good people of Ondo state of safe yuletide festivities and to the glory of God, we were able to ensure that throughout those periods, criminal activities by hoodlums were kept at bay.
“In one or two instances we had security breeches, they were all arrested and brought to book I will give God Almighty all the thanks because it cannot be us, it’s God.
“In the same vein, I would also like to commend the Akeredolu-led administration for giving us an enabling environment and the needed supports at all times to actually secure the people of Ondo State, its environs and their property.
“The entire border patrol which was part of Phase 7 of our “Operation Clean-Up is being sustained by the government of Ondo state to ensure that the border and the state are highly protected from bandits and we appreciate the state government for such gesture”
He disclosed that the enforcement of the ban on the use of unregistered vehicles, tinted glass vehicles without permits and the abuse on the restriction of okada operations at night’s, reduced criminal activities by 80 per cent in Ondo state.
“In every our control points, we have members of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps and the police joining Amotekun to enforce these restrictions in compliance to law and order.
“Initially, the people were apprehensive and not too happy about the development, until they realized that it was for their good.
We thank them and we seek their cooperation, we have been telling them that security is not the business of the police, the army, the Civil Defence and Amotekun alone, it’s everybody’s business and it starts from noticing your immediate environment.
“Criminals don’t live in heaven, they live among us, kindly expose them. We have our distress line numbers which remains 08079999989 and all information so far are on this line are being treated with the strictest confidence such that the source of our information can never be disclosed.
“So, to the good people of Ondo State, we want to reassure them of our commitment to zero-tolerance to crime in the state and the South West in general.”