By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Governor Seyi Makinde on Tuesday said Oyo State Government is determined to improve the performance of the officers and men of the Oyo State Security Network Agency codenamed Amotekun Corps with effective intelligence gathering
The governor said this while declaring open a three-day training workshop organized for officers and men of the Oyo State Security Network Agency codenamed Amotekun Corps held at the Amotekun State Headquarters, Moniya, Ibadan.
Speaking through his Chief of Staff, Otunba Segun Ogunwuyi, Gov Makinde emphasized that intelligence remained the most potent tool to stop crimes before they are committed.
The governor maintained that it has become imperative to apply intelligence-gathering and analysis to the conventional method of fighting crime.
“Obviously, we have experts here and I am only here to declare the workshop open. Security intelligence gathering is an act of collecting, standardising and analysing data. It is a great tool in crime prevention as it enables crimes to be nipped in the bud even before they are committed”, he said.
Gov Makinde added, “It is important to apply intelligence gathering to the conventional method of fighting crime. If we just go about with guns and cutlasses and say we are fighting crime, I am sorry, we have not done anything”.
” If we put our minds to gathering intelligence, a lot of crimes will not even be committed in the first place.So, that is why it is good for us to be at this workshop, hear from the experts, and take that knowledge back home.I want to wish you well and enjoin you all to use the opportunity this three-day workshop will offer and utilise it to make our dear state safer”
Commending the leadership and men of the Amotekun Corps on their comportment and how they have cooperated with other security agencies to secure lives and property of the residents of the state, the governor said, with good leadership, the state has been able to prove to the whole world that “it is possible for the conventional Police, DSS and others to work with our own home-grown Amotekun Corps.”
“The participants were selected from the 33 local government areas, which means we want safety across the board in the state. So, with the training, we expected them to go back home and become trainers of other Amotekun Corps.”
Commandant of Oyo State Amotekun, Col. Olayinka Olayanju (rtd) in his remarks disclosed that the training was packaged because the government realised the importance of enhancing the capacity of the Corps so that they could become more efficient in their operational engagement with the community.
Col Olayanju (rtd) stressed that the government brought facilitators with first-hand experiences in local security intelligence-gathering across different African countries with criminal activities, noting that preventing and solving crimes would become easier when the information collection method is very high and effective.
“If you have observed, we started a series of training last month, which was aimed at empowering the capacity of our men for operational efficiency.We started with how to engage with the community and time analysis. And for you to be able to effectively perform those roles, we consider it to be very important to enhance the capacity of our men in intelligence gathering”.
“Apart from the fact that the governor happens to be our father, during his inauguration speech to usher in Omituntun 2.0, he specifically mentioned that he would do all within his power to enhance the capacity of all the security agencies, Amotekun in particular.
“I can tell you that most of the people you are seeing here have operated outside the country because the concept of Amotekun is purely local – because you know the people, understand their verbal and non-verbal language. That was why we decided to bring in these people, who are versed in this area.”
Olayanju further charged participants to ensure they make use of the knowledge garnered in the course of the workshop for their effectiveness and efficiency during operations.