Seriake Dickson, Governor of Bayelsa State, has likened the creation of operation Amotekun to state and regional police, saying such outfit is needed due to the collapse of the centralised national security in the country.
Dickson made this known on Monday in a statement released by his spokesman, Fidelis Soriwei.
The governor, who threw his weight behind the operation, also noted that Amotekun has made the restructuring of the country inevitable.
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“The politicisation and overcentralisation of security without an effective funding mechanism and arrangements for professionalism has reduced Nigeria to an un-policed country,” he said.
He warned that if the country was not restructured, there might be nothing left for Nigerians to restructure when they were ready.
Dickson, who described “Amotekun as a component of the restructuring” which he had championed, said every South-South state had some form of internal security mechanism to collaborate with the law enforcement agencies.
According to him, his state has Bayelsa Volunteers, State Vigilante, Community Safety Corps and Water Water Security.
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He said, “No governor from the South-South has made serious comments on the issues of restructuring, state police and true federalism
“I have taken the message for restructuring, true federalism and the need for state police everywhere, even to the doorstep of the President.”
Dickson added, “Amotekun is a clear issue of restructuring. It is like state and regional police that I have been calling for.”
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