Insecurity: Amotekun Must Not Become Another SARS Says Soyinka

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Insecurity: Amotekun Must Not Become Another SARS Says Soyinka
Nwolu Obiajulu

Prof. Wole Soyinka, Nobel Laureate has warned that the South-West Security Network Agency popularly known as Amotekun, must not be allowed into turn into another Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force.

He disclosed this when he appeared on Arise TV programme on Saturday.

Soyinka said the officers of the Amotekun must be given proper training on the best ways to operate to avoid them becoming more ruthless and misguided than the defunct SARS.

The security outfit has been commissioned in Ondo and Oyo States after the governments of the six South-West states endorsed it in 2020.

There have been allegations of recklessness and extrajudicial killings against the security network in recent times, especially in Oyo State.

Reacting, the Nobel Laureate stressed that the officers of the security outfit must be trained on ethics to understand the tenets of their job.

He said, “I have told them anytime you want us to come and assist, we will come even if it is just on the ethical session so that as you are training them to defend us, we are also training their minds so that Amotekun does not become another SARS, very important. We must do everything together.”

According to Soyinka, some South-West states were not swift in inaugurating their Amotekun Corps. He urged other states yet to launch their security outfits to do so quickly alleging that the challenge of insecurity has reached a stage of desperation.

This post was written by Nwolu Obiajulu.

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