Amotekun: Recruitment forms ready next week, says Akeredolu

Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, who is the Ondo State Governor, has announced that the recruitment forms for the Operation Amotekun will be ready next week.

The governor, who spoke via his Special Adviser on Security Matter, Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo, said the recruitment on the operation process had begun.

He added, “We are yet to issue out forms and if there is any form that is out now in Ondo State, it is illegal, we have drafted the forms but we have not issued them out.

“The forms would be out next week. What we want to do is to first recruit. after the recruitment, we will issue out the forms.”

The governor added, “All the traditional rulers and community leaders in the state would be made to sign as guarantors of whoever we want to recruit in their communities.”

Meanwhile, Emmanuel Umohinyang — Convener of Re-Elect Buhari Movement in the 2019 Presidential election — has advised the government of the sixth South-West states to collaborate closely with the police to make sure that Operation Amotekun officials were not used against opponents.

In an interview on Thursday, Umonhinyang proposed that the South-West security outfit’s operational arm should rest with the police, while its administrative arm should rest with the state government for the smooth operation of Amotekun.

Umonhinyang also offered recommendation that the operatives of Operation Amotekun not to wear their uniforms so that they could successfully perform their roles in information gathering in secret.

The convener further said, “Let the commissioner of police take care of the operations arm in terms of deployment and supervising them. I do not also see the need to put them in uniforms if they are to be an intelligence-gathering unit.”

Umohinyang concluded, “They are to live with the people and share information with the police. If you put them in uniforms, they will be easily identified.”