Amotekun: We’ll not recruit hooligans – AG
By Adekola Afolabi
No questionable character will be recruited into the Western Nigeria joint security outfit code named Operation Amotekun.
This assurance was given yesterday by the Ondo State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adekola Olawoye.
He noted that ex-convicts or people of questionable character would not be recruited into the Amotekun Corps.
He said in Ondo state, the security outfit will be called Ondo State Security Network Agency which would be driven by Amotekun Corps.
According to him, the bill would be presented to the state House of Assembly any moment from now for passage into law after governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has perused it.
He added that recruitment of personnel into the Amotekun Corps would come immediately after the passage of the bill into law across the six south west states.
He noted that the six Attorney- Generals in the South Western States had met to harmonise their positions which led to the Clean Copy of what they arrived at, saying the draft bill will have become law within the next two weeks in all the six south west States.
Olawoye further revealed that the Agency will have Governing Board, saying that the corps would be headed by a Commander with a proven integrity and ability with at least 10 years cognate experience either in the military or the police force.
He added that the personnel of the Corps would carry guns which would be licensed by the Inspector-General of Police on the application of the state government.
“We will do diligent checking on them. We will send the names of applicants to the DSS for scrutiny and bio-data check. Is he an ex-convict? Is he a criminal? Is he a person of doubtful character? All these we must know,” he emphasised.
He added that all personnel to be recruited must be indigenes of the state, who will cut across Vigilante group, Hunters’ group and other security organizations recognised by law.
Olawoye explained that Amotekun was conceived by the governors of the six South West states as a regional response to curb the scourge of killings, kidnapping, banditry, armed robbery and all forms of criminal activities confronting the region.
He observed that the security architecture in the South West States has been porous and highly polarised to the extent that banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery and other crimes have been holding sway in the part of the country.
“We have laws, but in the times past we have never faced this type of security challenges and breaches all over the place. A drastic problem needs a drastic solution and that is where we are now,” he added.
He stressed that It is the constitutional responsibility of any government either at the federal or state level to protect the lives and property of the citizens, saying any government that is failing in this responsibility is of no benefit to mankind.