Governors of South-West states have declared that the Amotekun Corps will not be attached to very important personalities, politicians and religious centres.
The Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu who is also Chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum, stated this on behalf of his colleagues. He spoke through his Special Adviser on Security Matters, Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo, saying Amotekun outfit would key into the model aimed at tackling criminal activities.
“We are not attaching the Amotekun corps to anybody or groups, no matter how highly placed. They are to tackle criminal activities such as armed robbery and kidnapping. They won’t be attached to any religious centre, either church or mosque. We don’t want it to be used for political reasons.”
Dojumo however stated that the corps would work with the conventional security agencies – the police, the Department of State Services, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, among others.
The House of Assembly in each of the six states began moves to pass the bill establishing the corps following a meeting between the governors, Vice-President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo; the AGF and the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, conceptualizing Amotekun within the community policing model.
According to him, the security agencies, particularly the police would be involved in the training of the corps personnel. “We are together with the security agencies and the community police. We will work together since it is a matter of security,” he noted.
He added that there would be a regional commander who would oversee the activities of the six state commanders of the corps.
The security expert stated that that there would be a central database for all the personnel of the security outfit in the region.