Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu explained that the weapons, which would be backed by law, are to be used to fight those he termed as ‘marauders committing crimes against humanity.’
He stated that the incontestable authority of the state must be used against “brazen conflict entrepreneurs and armed audacious non-state actors.”
The governor spoke yesterday at the passing-out of newly recruited Amotekun operatives in Akure.
Akeredolu said the establishment of security outfits by sub-nationals was “ necessary and indispensable.”
His words “The Amotekun Corps must be given the tools to carry out its now pivotal, indispensable duties.
“For centuries, we have been admonished that ‘a bad workman blames his tools.’ In the case of Amotekun Corps, the workman is expected to function without good tools.
“Those passing out today have undergone rigorous training at great expense to the state. The training will not end here, it will be continuous. However, no amount of training will mask the debilitation of fighting with one arm tied against implacable foes.”