Ekiti State on Monday signed the Amotekun corps bill into law, joining Ondo, Oyo and Osun states who had earlier signed similar bills into law.
The State Governor, Kayode Fayemi signed the bill into law at the Government House in Ado-Ekiti, the capital.
According to Fayemi, the law would further consolidate available security architectures in the country, adding such would also ensure enhanced security of lives and properties.
He noted that his decision to sign the law was indicative of his administration’s drive towards riding the state of criminals and insecurity generally.
His words: “Amotekun will get them and they will be prosecuted. Let me clarify that Amotekun will help the police to arrest, gather intelligence and information, arrest and prosecution of criminals, tackle illegal mining, land trespass, cattle rustling, destruction of crops, trespass into farmlands, cultism, highway robbery, among others.
“Amotekun is not a substitute for the existing security networks, but a compliment to it. It is not for Ekiti people alone, but for everybody. As long as you are resident in Ekiti, you will enjoy the right to be protected, so it is not for the indigenes alone.
“Crime fighting is a collective responsibility. Those perpetrating crimes are living among us and let us be vigilant and help the Amotekun Corps fish out criminals in our midst.
Introduction of the regional security outfit had earlier generated controversies, after the federal government branded it as illegal.