Osun state governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, Tuesday inaugurated 360 newly-recruited officers into the State Security Network Agency ”Amotekun Corps’.
This is just as he disclosed recruitment of 750 vigilantes across all local governments in the state to provide intelligence on the activities and suspicious movements of criminals in the state.
The Amotekun Corps was inaugurated at the Wole Soyinka Grammar School, Ejigbo, after a 23-day intensive training programme the personnel underwent as part of efforts to make them professionally savvy and prepare them for the task ahead.
Speaking at the Passing-Out-Parade ceremony Oyetola stated that his administration’s commitment to security, safety and welfare of the people remained irrevocable, adding that his administration had given security the prime position, as it is critical to its Development Agenda and a strategy for revolutionising the State’s economy.
The Governor charged the new Amotekun Corps personnel to display the highest level of professionalism, discipline, competence, integrity and Omoluabi ethos tin the discharge of their duty to protect the people and the state.
He also implored citizens and residents of the state to cooperate with the Corps operatives to make security management easy and peaceful, saying “all Osun citizens must own the Corps and provide them with information that will help them to effectively protect us.
He said, “Amotekun is created to collaborate with the security agencies and the vigilance groups and hunters across the State in order to ensure security in a peaceful, harmonious and professional manner.
He disclosed that the state government had procured 20 security vehicles with communication gadgets to support security operatives in the discharge of their responsibility.
“We have recruited 750 vigilantes across all local governments in the State to provide intelligence on the activities and suspicious movements of criminals to the officials of Amotekun.
“We shall continue to provide all the equipment necessary for the successful prosecution of security and execution of the Amotekun Project. We shall continue to strategise to deliver security to the state,” Oyetola added.
In his welcome address, the Chairman, Osun Security Network Agency/Amotekun Corps, Brig. Gen. Ademola Aderibigbe (rtd), applauded the creation of the security outfit which he described as a child of necessity to permanently stem the tide of insecurity in the state in particular and the southwest region in general.
Aderibigbe who lauded the Administration of Governor Oyetola for his continued support to advance the security architecture, expressed confidence in the new security formation to flush out criminals in the state saying the era of zero tolerance for crime and criminality has begun.
In his goodwill message, the Speaker, Osun House of Assembly, Hon Timothy Owoeye extolled the collective efforts that gave birth to the formation of Amotekun in the Southwest.
He reassured the House’s commitment to continuously support the State in its efforts to guarantee the security of lives and property of the citizens.
The Ogiyan of Ejigbo, Oba Omowonuola Oyeyode Oyesosin appreciated the good gesture of Governor Oyetola at keeping the State safe and secured.
Also speaking, the Director General, Development Agenda for Western Nigeria, DAWN Commission, Mr. Seye Oyeleye, hailed the Administration of Governor Oyetola for keying into the sustainable policies and programmes of the commission aimed to move the southwest and Nigeria forward.
He charged the newly unveiled Amotekun Corps to always exhibit the Omoluabi ethos inculcated in them in the course of the training.
In their separate remarks, the Senate Spokesman, Senator Ajibola Bashiru and former Deputy Governor, State of Osun, Sen. Iyiola Omisore, commended the Governor on the tremendous achievements recorded in the area of security in the state.