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OGUN: Soyinka named Amotekun Super-Marshal, ex-CP Akinremi Commander

NOBEL laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, has been decorated as a super-marshal of Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed ‘Amotekun’ corps in the state.

Governor Dapo Abiodun carried out the decoration today as part of activities to mark the inauguration of the corps.

“Decorating Prof. Wole Soyinka Super Marshall of AMOTEKUN Corps in Ogun State, as Corps is inaugurated, patrol vehicles and Motorbikes commissioned,” Governor Abiodun tweeted.

During the ceremony in Abeokuta, the state capital, the governor also launched patrol vehicles and motorcycles for operatives of the Amotekun corps in the state.

Retired Commissioner of Police, David Akinremi, was announced as commander of the corps.

The operatives are expected to be deployed to all the 20 LGAs of the state to curb kidnapping, herder-farmer crisis, and banditry.

In 2020, governors of the south-west states established the security outfit to tackle the rising cases of criminality in the region.

Speaking during the inauguration the governor noted that the operatives of the Amotekun security outfit had been carefully chosen and trained to secure lives and property, according to News Agency of Nigeria, NAN.

The state government, he added, had provided the outfit with vehicles, motorcycles, communication gadgets, technical back-ups and the political will for an effective take-off and efficient operation.

Saying that the government expected a superlative performance from the operatives, the governor hinted that the provision of equipment and recruitment of personnel would be a continuous exercise.

“Your role is primarily to prevent crime. You are to do this through systematic intelligence gathering and collaboration with other law enforcement agencies, especially the security network agencies of other states,” he said.

He called on the people to support and cooperate with the Amotekun operatives, to strengthen the state’s security machinery.

He also called on other security agencies to cooperate and collaborate with Amotekun to form a synergy of purpose towards ensuring stronger security of lives and property in the state.

“Let me at this juncture reiterate and say unequivocally that no part of Ogun will be a safe haven for criminals and criminality in whatever form or guise.

“Permit me to recall that at the South-West Security Summit that was held on June 25, 2019 at Ibadan, the governments of the six South-West states of Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti agreed to establish a security outfit to be named “Amotekun”.

“The establishment of the security outfit is part of a holistic approach determined to tackle insecurity in the region.

“Governors and leaders of the South-West came together and decided on the need to complement the efforts of the Nigeria Police and other security agencies in different states, especially with a truly indigenous security agency that understands the terrain.

“We came up with the establishment of this security outfit code-named ‘Amotekun’ , ” he said.

In his remark, Prof. Wole Soyinka, while commending the governor on the inauguration, and said, to the operatives, “Ensure you work professionally, if you abuse your uniform, you will be dealt with.”

Also speaking, the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, noted that the major assignment of any government was to provide adequate security.

Gbadebo praised the governor and said that the security outfit should collaborate effectively with other security agencies.

The Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, promised that the police would work closely with the Amotekun outfit in the area of sharing information and joint operations to send criminals out of the state.

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