Amotekun Corps should operate within the ambit of the law that established it
Professor Wole Soyinka has warned men of the newly inaugurated Amotekun Corps in Ogun State over abuse of operations advising them not to engage in brutality or harassment of innocent people.
Soyinka, a Nobel Laureate, while warning them emphatically said ‘ogun’, the Yoruba god of iron, will strike Amotekun corps officer who abuses his uniform while in the line of duties.
The famous playwright and human rights activist said, “Amotekun, we are watching you. If you abuse your uniform, before Ogun strikes you, we would have dealt with you.”
Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun, on Thursday, inaugurated the State Amotekun Corps and Thursday and also decorated Soyinka as the Super Marshall of the security outfit.
Soyinka, while addressing the gathering, expressed dissatisfaction that the police had not been able to give him feedback on those who he claimed invaded his residence and carted away very sensitive materials, adding that he had since resorted to what he termed ‘do it yourself.’
While also calling for harmonization of all security agencies in the state, Soyinka warned the police and other related agents not to engage in any competition with the Amotekun corps in Ogun, saying “this is not a replacement for you, you’re too jealous of your uniform.”
He urged them to welcome the new security network into their ranks and allow its operatives to complement their efforts in securing the state.
In the same vein, Governor Abiodun also warned that Amotekun Corps should operate within the ambit of the law that established it and should not be involved in an unhealthy rivalry with other security agencies.
“The inauguration of Amotekun in Ogun State is not to create unnecessary competition with other security agencies in Ogun,” Abiodun emphasised.