About 1,500 Amotekun cadets were on Wednesday, passed out after two weeks of intense training, and declared operational by the Oyo state governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde with immediate effect.
The passing out ceremony held at Emmanuel Alayande College of Education Sports Complex, Main Campus, Oyo for the state’s Pioneer Amotekun Corps, had in attendance the deputy governor of the state, engineer Rauf Olaniyan, Other top government officials, security chiefs, as well as traditional rulers and religious leaders.
In his speech, Governor Seyi Makinde declared the 1,500 newly recruited Oyo state Security Network Agency and Amotekun Corps, operational, to tackle insecurity and other heinous crimes against humanity in the state.
Governor Makinde, while charging the pioneer corps to exhibit professional practices, stated that the Amotekun corps would be deployed across all 351 wards in Oyo state, while the corps would also undergo routine patrol day and night.
Lauding Governor Seyi Makinde’s efforts at equipping the pioneer corps with adequate training, skills, and weapons, the Chairman, Oyo State Security Network Agency and Amotekun Corps, retired general Kunle Togun and the Commandant of the Amotekun Corps, retired colonel Olayinka Olayanju, expressed optimism that the Corps operation would enable adequate security for all and sundry which will harness economic activities and investments in the state.
Members of the Amotekun Corps who spoke with Noble FM’s correspondent, Micheal Oladejo, explained how they will go about with the discharge of their duties within the ambit of the law guiding the operation of the corps.
They, however, noted that native intelligence will be adopted in their day-to-day operations.