Amotekun Starts Massive Recruitment Drive In The South-West, Targets At Least 1,320 New Officers
Amotekun the new security outfit geared towards tackling kidnapping and criminal activities in the South-West has announced the recruitment of 1,320 militiamen for the purpose.
The announcement came barely two days after South-West governors led by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State inaugurated the outfit, also called Western Nigeria Security Network.
In related matters the NPF has identified about 52 deadly blackspots in the region which they say they would focus on collaboration with the militiamen.
The development came amid the announcements by some social-political groups across the country endorsing the outfit, saying it would help tackle insecurity in the region.
The groups are the Arewa Consultative Forum, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Ijaw Youth Congress, Pan Nigeria Delta Forum, Middle Belt Forum and Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra
The plan is to recruit the militiamen from the Oodua Peoples Congress, Agbekoya, Vigilantes and local hunters
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Lagos, Osun and Ekiti States further revealed that the recruitment would be handled by each state in collaboration with the security agencies.
The Chief Press Secretary to Osun State Governor, Ismail Omipidan, said the state planned to recruit 700 locals that would work with the conventional security outfits in the state.
Omipidan also said all security agencies were involved in the recruitment, which according to him, was going on smoothly.
He shared: “The success of the Civilian JTF initiative in the fight against insurgency has encouraged us to engage the locals primarily in the area of intelligence gathering.
“We are recruiting 700 locals and all security agencies are involved in the recruitment process. It is ongoing and I believe it will be completed soon.”
Amotekun in Yoruba means Jaguar which will be the nickname of the force's officers we are told.