The safety of the lives and properties of the people of Oyo State is a top priority for the Oyo State Government as it recognises that no meaningful development can take place in a state of insecurity. Within his first 100 days in office, the government strengthened the security architecture of the state with the resuscitation/revamping of the Police Swift Response Squad (SRS) and re-jigging Operation Burst.
The launch of the Amotekun Corps in January 2020 and the subsequent signing of the Oyo State Security Network Agency (‘AMOTEKUN’) Bill 2019 in March 2020 is testament to the fact that Security is indeed one of the four pillars of Governor Seyi Makinde’s administration.
The interventions in the security sector include the following:
- Procured and distributed 100 Rio Kia motor vehicles fully equipped with modern security communication gadgets. There is enhanced visibility of security agencies by strategic positioning of response vehicles around the state.
- Procured and installed modern communication gadgets (walkie-talkies with corresponding servers and monitors), with capacity for state-wide coverage and live video streaming of scene of the crime as well as geo-location of operatives for oversight purposes. First of its kind in the state for security operatives.
- Operationalised the Citizens’ Emergency toll-free line (615). Toll-free line acquired by the previous administration but not put into use, until present administration operationalised it.
- The Oyo State Government installed streetlights under the ‘Light-up Oyo project’ to enhance security operations.
- The Oyo State Security Network, code-named ‘AMOTEKUN’ was successfully launched on January 09, 2020. With the recent nomination/appointment of Chairman, Board of ‘AMOTEKUN’ Agency and Commander of ‘AMOTEKUN’ Corps on May 20, 2020, the security outfit will soon commence operations.
- Procured 49 JAC Pickup Vans for the new Police Mobile Force (PMF) Squadron (No. 72 PMF), which commenced operation at Ago-Are in Atisbo South West LCDA in Oke-Ogun axis of the state and Amotekun Corps.
- Refurbished 8 Toyota Hilux Pickup Vans and 1 Utility Lorry for the security outfits.
- Enacted the Oyo State Financial Crimes Commission Bill 2019 which was signed into law by Governor Seyi Makinde on December 11, 2019.
- Enacted the Oyo State Security Network Agency (‘AMOTEKUN’) Bill 2019 which was signed into law by Governor Seyi Makinde on March 10, 2020. The Amotekun Corps will complement the efforts of federal security agencies.
- o Enacted the Open Rearing and Grazing Regulation Bill, 2019 which was signed into law by Governor Seyi Makinde on October 31, 2019.