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Ondo ready for State Police —Amotekun Commander

By Tola Gbadamosi


The Commander of Ondo State Security Network Agency codenamed Amotekun Corps who doubles as Chairman, Amotekun Southwest, Akogun Adetunji Adeleye has said that the template is already in place for Southwest to commence state police as soon as the Federal Government gives the go ahead.

The Commander made the statement while fielding questions from newsmen during the parade of criminal suspects at the command’s headquarters in Akure.

The Corps Commander, Akogun Adeleye disclosed that Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa and the state government have prepared the ground for the take-off of State Police.

The security expert who supported the establishment of the State Police, hinted that it would complement the efforts of all existing security agencies at the state level.

He noted that State Police is the appropriate solution to the current perennial security challenges in the country.

He explained that state police would address all grassroots security problems due to the fact that residents of a particular area would know one another.

The Amotekun Corps Commander said: “We have at several occasions advanced the argument that State Police is the immediate solution to the perennial security challenges we have in Nigeria.

“This is because, in the first instance, local police know the terrain and where to attack.

“The terrain and problem of the South-West are different from that of the South-South.

“Somebody that comes from the North Central and is on transfer to Ondo State for instance, does not know the problem in Ilekun community in Ondo State like an Amotekun operative.

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“He would start asking people about the terrain, and before he knows it, the criminals are gone.”

“Apart from this, we also know ourselves. Once a visitor comes in, we will all know that this person was not one of us before and we can profile such person.

“There are many reasons State Police remains the solution to the grassroots insecurity we have in Nigeria today.

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