Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has approved the recruitment of additional 500 corps into the State Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN) codenamed Amotekun.
This was contained in a statement issued by the State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun, on Sunday in Ibadan.
The statement indicated that Makinde announced the approval during the monthly security meeting with chairmen of local governments, heads of security agencies, traditional rulers and other stakeholders in the state.
The governor said recruiting new corps would enhance Amotekun’s performance and further deepen the security architecture of the state.
He said the meeting, held at the House of Parliament within the premises of the State House of Assembly, was part of his administration’s efforts to enhance security of lives and property in the state.
Makinde said the outcome would help the government to put necessary machinery in place for a safer environment.
He emphasised that the security issue was a collective responsibility, “therefore, all hands must be on deck in order to curtail insecurity facing the country, in which Oyo State was not exempted.
“Security is everyone’s business and if we all play our parts well, we will have a safer and more secured environment,” he said.
“Though the security of lives and property is a paramount responsibility of the government, the government cannot do it alone except with cooperation of the entire citizenry.”