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A middle-aged man, Kareem Isiaka Monday baby arrested by security agents in Ibadan as he made efforts to defraud people by claiming to be the recruitment officer for the Oyo State security outfit.

Taiwo had on Sunday pasted a notice at the Adamasingba Stadium venue of the State’s recruitment screening center with his name and phone numbers that those interested in joining the Amotekun Corps should contact him.

The management of the outfit got wind of the notice on Monday morning and started a subtle trail of the culprit and he was apprehended at 11:45am and handed over to the security agents for prosecution.

When asked what prompted the act, a sobered Kareem Isiaka who claimed to be selling bags of cements said it was the work of the devil and regretted his act, saying only one person contacted him through his number.

The Chairman, Oyo State Security Network Agency (Amotekun Corps), Gen. Kunle Toogun (Rtd.) in his reaction said the general public should be wary of fraudsters in their quest to become members of the corps.

He however used the occasion to inform journalists that screening of applicants into the corps would continue as the exercise had just covered only the Ibadan city axis.

“Those that missed their screening have been called to join others for their fresh screening, this will easily pave way for equal participation, although we have encountered so many challenges since we started, some came with forged certificates and documents, you have seen the one that just happened, but we are unrelenting.

“The screening will continue with the less cities, the Oke-Ogun zones one and two, Ido, Ibarapa among others, we want to make the exercise as open and less cumbersome to applicants as possible, the governor has demanded for openness and exactly that we are giving,” he said.

The screening exercise had commenced in the last one week at the Adamasingba stadium, where applicants tendered their certificates to show their readiness to work with the outfit.

Oyo State governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has declared that security of lives and properties in the state remains extremely important to his government.

The governor stated this while addressing chairpersons of the 68 Local Government and Local Council Development Council Areas in the state, at a meeting held inside the House of Chiefs, Secretariat Ibadan.

He stated that the Oyo State Security Network codenamed Operation Amotekun has come to stay in the state, adding that the outfit will not be under the control of the federal establishments but the state, as according to him, it is impossible to achieve any meaningful development in an atmosphere of insecurity.

“We want our people to sleep with their two eyes closed. Of course, security is one of the pillars of this administration and we must do everything possible to invest in the security of lives and property. In Okeho the other day, armed robbers went to rob and the community rose against them and apprehended them. They combed the forests and they got them.

“This is why I will continue to say it and I am saying it for the whole world to hear; Amotekun is here to stay with us. And it will not be under the control of the federal establishment. It will be under our control. Security of our people is extremely important, because nothing can take place, as far as we are concerned, in an atmosphere of insecurity,” he said.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, also indicated that the governor gave marching orders to the caretaker committee chairmen to immediately go back to their domains to set up Security Committees with a view to tackling the security challenges in their localities.

He maintained that the state government would provide all enablements for them to succeed in the task.

The governor said: “From where we are here, the biggest challenge we have seen so far is in the area of security.

“We are getting close to the ’ember’ months, a period in which some people who have not worked all year and want to have a Merry Christmas, commit all sorts of crimes. So, we expect that there will be a spike in criminal activities. I want to, as a matter of urgency, urge you that you all go back to your areas to set up your Security Committees. It must be done almost immediately. And I will be happy to release funds; to give approval for you to spend some money on security within your domains.

“Oyo State is very large; in terms of land size, we are more than all the states of South-East Nigeria put together. So, we have a lot to do to protect the state. We have international borders, so there is smuggling taking place. They killed a Customs Official in Saki a few weeks ago; those things are not acceptable to us.

“As the government that is the closest to the people, you have to take control of the challenges of insecurity in your various domains and you should please, once those committees are set up, any enabler that you need, let us know. We will work with the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, to make sure those enablers are provided.”

Governor Makinde used the occasion to commend some of the local government chairpersons, whom he noted had been doing their best despite limited resources, while urging everyone of them to sit up and link up with the party men and women as well as residents of their localities ahead of plans for local government election, which he said will be made public once the House of Assembly screens and clears the nominees for the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC).

The governor also hinted that the state government will set up an evaluation committee to vet the performances of the local government chairmen as well as the challenges they are facing, stating that his administration remains determined to give the state true democracy and to me

Oyo State Government on Tuesday approved the sum of N59, 783, 437.50 (Fifty nine million, seven hundred and eighty-three thousand, four hundred and thirty-seven Naira and fifty Kobo) as grant for the take-off of the State Security Network Agency, codenamed ‘Operation Amotekun’.

This was disclosed after the state’s 19th virtual executive meeting, where the executive council approved the fund for the procurement of 3000 units of uniforms, combat boots, lanyard, baseball hats, security belts and worsted socks.

It will also cover the production of logo for the personnel to serve as identity and distinguish them from other security agencies in the State.

The Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun, while disclosing the outcome of the meeting, said “further on the establishment of the State Security Network, codenamed ‘Operation Amotekun’ and for effective take off of the agency, the State Executive Council has approved the procurement of 3000 units of uniforms and accouterments such as combat boots, lanyard, baseball hats, security belts, worsted socks, production of Amotekun and Oyo State logo for 3000 Amotekun corps to be recruited into the agency at a total sum of Fifty nine million, seven hundred and eighty three thousand, four hundred and thirty seven naira and fifty kobo.

“The uniforms and accoutrements which will be given to each recruited Amotekun Corp will serve as a form of identity for the corps and will distinguish them from other security agencies in the state.”

By Damilola Oni

Osun State House of Assembly, today, confirmed Brigadier General Isa Ademola Aderibigbe (rtd) and Brigadier General Bashir Adewinmbi (rtd) as the Chairman, Governing Board and Corps Commander respectively of the State Security Network Agency codenamed “Amotekun”.

The confirmation was done at today’s plenary presided over by the Speaker, Timothy Owoeye, after thorough scrutiny and screening which held last week Thursday.

The motion for the confirmation was moved by the majority leader of the house, Honourable Maruf Olanrewaju, who appreciated the Governor of the state for choosing the best for the security outfit, he alluded to the performance of the nominees as impressive and therefore sought their confirmation for the position.

The minority leader, Hon. Kofoworola Adewumi, who spoke in favour of the motion said “the nominee has satisfied the law and they have what it takes to be in the position.”

After the confirmation, the Speaker, Timothy Owoeye, announced a two-weeks recess and the house is expected to be reconvened by August 17, 2020.

The Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola, has nominated Brig Gen Isa Ademola (rtd.) and Brig Gen Bashir Abiodun Adewimbi (rtd.) as Chairman Governing Board and Corps Commander of Osun Security Network Agency (Amotekun) respectively.

This was made known at today’s plenary of the Osun State House of Assembly presided over by the Speaker, Timothy Owoeye.

The House of Assembly had on 7th July suspended plenary for two weeks in other to allow fumigation and disinfection of the Assembly complex.

The Speaker who read the Governor’s letter upon resumption, directed the nominees to submit 35 copies of their resume to the Assembly within 24hours.

The nominees are expected to appear at Thursday’s plenary by 11am for screening.

The Osun Security Network Agency (Amotekun) 2020 bill was passed by the State House of Assembly on 3rd March and assented by Governor Gboyega Oyetola on the 13th March, 2020.

Oyo state government has commenced application for the recruitment into the Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Operation Amotekun.

The application seen by Naijaparry.com.ng on Monday, has the Bio data form, Medical and Guarantor’s Forms. The recruitment is into the Amotekum corps but the Oyo state Government’s website did not state requirements or details of the job.

To apply, follow the link: https://amotekun.jobportal.oyostate.gov.ng/amotekun/my-application/

Applicants need signatory from a Village Head and Lawmaker representing the area.

Operation Amotekun is a joint security network among states in South West Nigeria aimed at protecting the region from kidnapping, banditry, rubbery other forms of criminality which peaked in the region which has plaque the region in recent times,hence complimenting the role of the Nigerian police force.

They will work in synergy with the Nigerian police force to make the south west states crime free.

According to the 6 governors that came up with the idea, they argued that the security network will confront crimes and prevent its continuation.

The Osun State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has berated Governor Gboyega Oyetola over alleged illegality in the appointment and recruitment into the Western Nigeria Security Network Agency (Amotekun).

The PDP through its State Publicity Secretary, Honorable Sunday Bisi on Saturday wondered why the governor would choose to descend so low to succumbing to the pressure of afterthought change of Mr Amitolu’s appointment as Amotekun DG in the state to that of Amotekun Field Commander, the 6th in the chain of Amotekun Command Management Team as provided by the Amotekun Law passed by the State House of Assembly, ostensibly after being caught napping by the PDP in the shame of the school boy, arrogant error of Mr Governor.

Osun PDP spokesperson said “the governor’s sudden change on the nomenclature of the appointment of the APC chieftain as Amotekun Director General after all the arrogant stance of his men as if the governor was operating on an express license of willful violation of the laws of the land without repercussions. The party vowed to assist the governor with all legal means, to restore normalcy to his acrimonious ways of doing things in the state.”

“It is to be noted that the Osun PDP has approached the Federal High Court seeking a nullification of the appointment of Amitolu Shittu as the DG of Amotekun, on the ground that Amitolu is not a person who is trained, skilled or knowledgeable in security matters. It is also the contention of the PDP that the purported appointment of Amitolu did not go through the confirmation of the House of Assembly coupled with the fact that the office of DG is strange to the Amotekun Law.

In a clandestine attempt to escape the hammer of the law, Governor Oyetola changed the nomenclature of Amitolu’s appointment from the widely reported DG as contained in the press release signed by his CPS on 24th April, 2020, to Field Commander of Amotekun with a purported letter of appointment post dated to 30th April, 2020, incidentally, the very day the Osun PDP served a pre-action notice on the government for the wrong appointment.”

The PDP expressed surprise as why the Governor would want to toy and play dirty politics with the security of lives and citizens of Osun State.

The PDP is therefore calling the attention of the good people of Osun State to be alert as the Governor is not serious and cannot be trusted with the highly sensitive security affairs of the citizens and residents of Osun State.

Hon. Bisi stressed that It is disheartening that the Governor can decline to the base instead of doing the needful under the Amotekun law by twisting the nomenclature of Shittu’s appointment from DG to Field Commander, the 6th in the cadre of the Amotekun Command Management Team which Team has not been put in place and the Governing Board yet to be appointed as required by the law.

The PDP also called the attention of the populace to the fact of the illegal recruitment into the Amotekun Agency as there is no yet in place the Governing Board that is vested with the power of recruitment into the agency.

Officers of Amotekun corps have arrested four suspected burglars on Sunday at Ila Odo, Odo Otin Local Government area of Osun.

Naijaparry.com.ng gathered that Sola Taiwo popularly knows as Shadow, leader of the burglars was arrested after Amotekun corps used a sex worker to bait him.

Investigation revealed that Taiwo had gone to patronise a sex worker and refused to pay her.

The sex worker was said to have seized a phone he stole in his last operation in place of the service rendered.

The corps traced the phone to the sex worker and used her as a bait to catch Taiwo on Sunday.

They were accused of attacking the house of a resident about two weeks ago and stole many items including a mobile phone.

When Taiwo was arrested, he led the corps to his gang members, Samson Adedokun, 18, Kazeem Sala, 20, and their herbalist, Rafiu Azeez.

The Director-General of the Amotekun Corps in the state, Comrade Amitolu Shittu, who confirmed the arrest of the suspects, told our correspondent that his men were able to get Taiwo when he refused to pay a commercial sex worker after a romp and the lady seized a phone from him.

Shitttu said after the sex worker was apprehended, she was asked to call the suspect to come for the phone.

He stated, “The ring leader of the gang is Sola Taiwo, aka Shadow. Amotekun undercover agents had trailed him for about two weeks after his gang successfully burgled a house in Ila Odo.

“Taiwo had visited a sex worker and after a romp, he refused to pay her and the lady seized a phone he stole at the house he burgled a few days earlier.

“Our men got the sex worker and asked her to call Taiwo for him to come for the phone. Our men eventually arrested him when he showed up to collect the phone.

“He later led us to two other members of the gang namely, Samson Adedokun and Kazeem Saka. We also arrested one Rafiu Azeez, who is their herbalist. All the suspects except the herbalist were known as tailors in the town, but they are armed robbers as well.”

Shittu said items recovered from the suspects included an android phone and many charms.

He added that the suspects had been handed over to the police for further investigation.

Six illegal immigrants from Niger state, North central Nigeria, who, in defiance with the total lockdown orders by the federal and state governments, were secretly trying to enter the state of Osun and their host, have been sent back to where they came from, by the combined team of Amotekun corps and the Nigeria police.

Their host, one Olawale Ibrahim, it was learnt, is well known in Igbajo, as he has been living there for about three decades, before the other six came as his guests during this emergency period.

Reports indicate that they entered the community around 7pm and the people of the town alerted the chairman, Boluwaduro local government, who in turn, called the Director General, Amotekun, state of Osun, Comrade Amitolu Shittu, and the DPO of the area; who jointly coordinated the operation.

The police had earlier arrested and detained the illegal immigrants in isolation toll till the following morning, when the Amotekun team got there, in company of health officials, so as to conduct test on them to know the level of their temperature.

Amotekun, in collaboration with police, then led them to Osun-Kwara boundary through Ila-odo and handed them over to a vehicle going to the North.

The chairman, Boluwaduro local government thereafter gave the seven men some amount of money, through Amotekun corps, to take care of their feeding.

They were quoted as even complaining that the money was not enough.

Those arrested were identified as Adamu Ibrahim, Olawale Ibrahim, their host, Muhammadu Kabiru, Rufai Abdullahi, Sagiru Sanni, Muhammad Muritala, Idris Musa.

The Governor Of Osun State, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola will today sign Amotekun bill into law, a source in the Governor’s Office has said.

The source at the governor’s office disclosed this to our correspondent, saying that the bill, though passed by the Assembly, was brought to the Governor’s Office last night and will be signed by Governor Oyetola today.

The media aide to the Speaker, Kunle Alabi, told newsmen that the bill was passed since last Tuesday (March 4), adding that some administrative work delayed its transmission to the governor.

Meanwhile, efforts to reach the Chief Press Secretary to Osun State Governor, Mr. Ismail Omipidan to react to the Amotekun bill, proved unsuccessful.

Details later…