…Announces Recruitment of 750 Vigilantes for Local Intelligence Gathering
By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State Governor, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola on Tuesday, inaugurated 360 newly-recruited officers into the state’s Security Network Agency ”Amotekun Corps’.
This follows the completion of the 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 for the new Amotekun Corps officers which held in Ejigbo, Oyetola stated that his administration’s commitment to security, safety and welfare of the people remained irrevocable.
He added that the 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 in 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.
The governor commended security agencies in Osun for their service to the state and assured that the state government would continue to support them while also encouraging them to collaborate with one another.
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, 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.
He sought the people’s support to ensure seamless operations of the new security formation in the state.