Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has disclosed that the security challenges being experienced in the state were a result of the influx of more people and businesses, which he attributed to the favourable policies of the state.
Governor Makinde said this on Monday at the inauguration of the Board of the Oyo State Security Network Agency, codenamed Amotekun.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Taiwo Adisa, who made the statement on Monday promised that Makinde's government would continue to secure the lives and property of his people.
The statement read, "We know that because of the policies of this administration, a lot of people are coming into Oyo State, and when you have more and more people coming in, it will come with its own set of challenges and with opportunities as well.
"In the days ahead, we will also let the people of Oyo State know the things we are doing as far as security is concerned. And when they see security operatives all around, they must give them total support.
"Yes, I can go to Igangan and take responsibility for some of these activities but security is our collective responsibility. It is not just for the government or governor alone. So, everybody needs to come on board and play their own part."
Makinde hailed Amotekun whose numerous challenges, he said, put them in a disadvantaged position against criminals.
He said, "On many occasions, I have watched videos. The Amotekun Corps are faced with superior fire-power. They are not licensed to carry weapons like AK47 but we see bandits carrying such weapons.
"Despite the visible challenges that they are faced with, they have been able to fill the gap of local policing successfully. It has been difficult but they have been doing it.
"So, if things are as they are now, we wonder how things might have been without the Amotekun Corps."
While appealing to individuals who he accused of to discredit Amotekun and politicise the insecurity situation to desist from such a path, Makinde said seeking to destroy the state in the name of politics would be counterproductive.
The chairman of the 12-member Board has Brig-General Kunle Togun (retd) as it's chairman; and Mrs. Akinbode Iyabode Enitan as secretary.
Recall that apart from the problem of killer herdsmen especially in Ibarapa area of the state, gang wars and and other criminal activities poses a serious problem to the state especially last state.