By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
The Corps Commander of the Ondo State Security Network Agency, codenamed, “Amotekun”, Chief Adetunji Adeleye has disclosed that it has shortlisted 600 candidates out of the 14,500 applicants, who applied to join the outfit.
Adeleye made this known during the opening ceremony of the Basic Regular Training Course programme for the shortlisted candidates at the Technical College in Owo.
The Commander said the successful candidates are to be trained on intelligence, combat, arm usage, monitoring, quick response among others security issues.
His words: “For now training and retraining are continuous. They will be trained by professionals which will last for a month.”
The Amotekun boss advised them to be transparent and shun all vices as Amotekun core will not tolerate any act of indiscipline.
He told them to abide by the rules and regulations as regimentation and discipline are the order of the day.
“You will undergo series of lectures, drills, basic tactics and weapon handling during the course of your training. These would be carefully fashioned purposefully to bring out the best in you,” he said.
The Amotekun boss warned that every trainee should make sure they stick to rules and regulations of the program that any trainee seen imbibing non-Amotekun culture would be immediately dismissed.
The commander warned that Amotekun is not an avenue to oppress another nor embarking on corruption from anyone.
Also speaking, the Senior Special Assistant to the Ondo State Government, Alahaji Jimoh Dojumo, emphasised that the government has put everything in place to ensure adequate security in the state.
“We have declared the training opened today and advised them on the rules and regulations guarding the Corps.
“Because they were drawn from different groups like hunters and OPC, Vigilante and various freedom fighters who have on their own contributed to security in the state.
“We are bringing them together to drop what they think they know to imbibe in them the Amotekun culture in the next six weeks,” he said.