By; NIYI OGUNGBOLA, Abeokuta
Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun as well as the Nobel Laureate, Professor ‘Wole Soyinka on Thursday, warned operatives of the state chapter of South Western Security Network (SWSN), code named “Amotekun” Corps to be civil in their operations and always guide against violating human rights in the course of fighting criminality anywhere in the state.
According to Governor Abiodun, they must endeavor at all times to work within the ambit of the laid down rules and law so as to add value towards strengthening the security of lives and property in the state.
Governor Abiodun and Soyinka stated this on Thursday during the official inauguration of the state chapter of SWSN, which was held at the Arcade ground of the state secretariat complex, Oke – Mosan in Abeokuta, the state capital.
“You are also subject to the law, not above the law. Let the rule of law be your watchword and ensure that you respect the rights of citizens and residents of the state.
Let me be clear: your role is primarily to prevent crime. You are to do this through systematic intelligence gathering and collaboration with other law enforcement agencies: the Nigeria Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NAPTIP, NDLEA, Customs, Immigration, DSS and others”he stressed.
The governor also said that himself, the state government and people of the state will expect “nothing less than a superlative performance of duties” from the operatives
While explaining the circumstances that led to the establishment of the Corp, Abiodun said that governors and leaders of the six South Western states at a Security Summit held on Tuesday 25th of June, 2019 in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, unanimously agreed to establish the security outfit which was to be named “Amotekun”.
According to Abiodun, establishment of the security outfit is part of an holistic approach determined towards tackling the rising wave of insecurity in the South West region.
“Your establishment is to complement the efforts of the Nigeria Police and other security agencies in the different states, especially with a truly indigenous security agency that understands the terrains and language of the people in the area”.
Earlier in his goodwill message, Professor Soyinka, who was decorated as the Super Amotekun Marshal, declared that he would not hesitate to invoke the spirit of “ogun”, one of the deities in Yorubaland to deal decisively with any erring “Amotekun” operative.
“You should be aware that we will be watching you to ensure that you do not trample upon the rights of the citizens, but you must set a good example of how community policing should be at its best”.
Earlier in his goodwill message, the Director General of the Development Agenda For Western Nigeria (DAWN), ‘Seye Oyeleye appealed to all the security agencies in the state to cooperate with operatives of the “Amotekun” Corp, which he said are not meant to rival any of the security agencies, but out to complement them in the efforts towards providing community policing “at its best” for the state.
Also speaking at the inauguration, the state Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun said his command will work with the “Amotekun” Corp towards stemming the tide of insecurity across the state.