As part of efforts to strengthen security and ensure hitch-free inauguration of the joint Security Outfit, code named, ‘Amotekun’, the Ogun State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Akingbolahan Adeniran, has assured of the State government’s resolve to cooperate with the State Police Command, in order to cement the synergy between the forces.
Justice Adeniran made this known during a courtesy visit to the Ogun State Commissioner of Police at Eleweeran, Abeokuta, saying the Outfit was not established to counter and compete with Federal Government’s security apparatus, but to aid in combating hooliganism, kidnapping, armed robbery and cultism.
“Indeed, it is obvious that formation of Amotekun was not to compete or flex muscles with the police, State Security Services (SSS), Civil Defense and other security outfits but to complement their efforts’’, Adeniran said.
He called for the Police support, especially on sensitive operations, which have to do with interpretation of laws and administration of Criminal Justice Law (2017), to ensure its implementation, which would be co-chaired by the Chief Judge and State Attorney-General, adding that the law could not be viable and complete without the representatives of police, as the law enforcement agency.
He also assured of the establishment of Forensic Centre at the Police Headquarters, for thorough investigative purposes, commending the State Police Command for its efforts in fighting crimes, as ‘’kidnapping has been curbed drastically, armed robbery, land grabbing and other social vices had also reduced, but they really need State Government’s attention, to complement their work”.
In his remarks, the Ogun State Police Commissioner, CP Kenneth Ebrimson, said security was everybody’s business which must be collectively tackled, ‘’as it was not the monopoly of the Police’’, adding that the essence of the security operatives was to ensure safety of the citizenry.
He said Amotekun was a good initiative, to complement Police efforts and other existing security apparatus, as it was not intended to fight perceived enemies as alleged, noting that the people needed enlightenment about its operations.
The CP hinted that the greatest challenge being encountered by the police was cultism, with the police deploying 90 percent of its arsenal to combat it, especially in Sagamu area of the State.