By Bisi Oladele, Southwest Bureau Chief
The Growth Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Fee has defined why the Amotekun Corps has not taken off within the six Southwest states.
The fee, in an announcement by its Director-Normal Mr Seye Oyeleye, in Ibadan, defined that the six states had been within the technique of recruiting personnel into the corps when coronavirus pandemic began in March.
This, he mentioned, necessitated restriction of actions and a ban on gathering of individuals in Nigeria.
Within the assertion entitled: COVID-19 pandemic: Amotekun and the Name for Deployment within the Wake of Insecurity within the Area, DAWN Fee defined the states had been but to conclude their recruitment earlier than COVID-19 broke out, which mechanically prevented the fee from conducting coaching for the personnel as scheduled.
It added that the Chairman of Governors within the area Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) had introduced that the corps would take off in April in keeping with recruitment and coaching schedule.
However the restrictions on gathering and different actions grounded the complete course of, DAWN defined.
Many commentators within the conventional and social media have been calling for the deployment of Amotekun within the wake of the present assaults on residents in some components of Ogun, Lagos and Oyo States in the course of the restriction interval.
However DAWN mentioned neither the fee nor the governors would threat deployment of untrained personnel for safety operations in our communities as it is going to be counter-productive.
The assertion reads: “Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu who can also be the Chairman of the Western Nigeria Governors Discussion board (WNGF) mentioned in certainly one of his latest interactions with journalists that the safety outfit and the deployment of the Amotekun automobiles would take off in April 2020 throughout the area.
“This explains why DAWN Fee needed to convene collection of assembly with the SAs on safety, commissioners for regional integration in addition to different stakeholders, simply to make it possible for no important space is left behind earlier than the take-off in April as proposed by the governors.
“Sadly, the entire course of has been stagnated on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has made the gathering of the personnel for coaching troublesome and unadvisable.
“The emergency scenario posed by this lethal virus has additionally caused some safety challenges in some states within the area on account of some measures being taken by the governors to stop its unfold.
“As an illustration, within the wake of latest actions of hoodlums and road urchins, some involved Nigerians have requested why Amotekun has not been deployed to intervene.
“It’s crucial to notice that the six governors within the area prioritize the problem of safety because it impacts the lives and property of the residents.
“However they’re additionally conscious of the necessity to keep away from unfavourable suggestions from the folks, the enrolment into Amotekun needs to be thorough because the governors can be held accountable if the outfit goes outdoors its mandate.
“Because of this, one wouldn’t count on the personnel to placed on uniform or the Amotekun automobiles deployed with out correct coaching and mapping out of areas to be secured.
“At this juncture, it is very important state that some vigilante and self- willpower teams are working with the police and different safety companies working throughout the area, to flush out these criminals.
“We additionally need to guarantee all that as quickly as COVID-19 pandemic is over, DAWN Fee shall work with the states in persevering with the method of recruiting, which has not been accomplished within the states, and to make sure that the uniform coaching as directed by the governors is performed earlier than the deployment of personnel and automobiles.
“DAWN Fee needs to guarantee most people that Western Nigeria Safety Community (codenamed Amotekun) has come to remain.
‘’It’s unlucky that the COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted the operational take-off, however as quickly because the coast is evident for resumption of actions and a return to our day by day lives, the coaching of Amotekun personnel will start in earnest and we will quickly be having fun with the companies of the outfit throughout the area.“