Hope and optimism filled the air as the Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, inaugurated the Ondo state chapter, (The Ondo State Security Network Agency or OSSNA) of the South-West security network (WNSN) popularly known known as the Amotekun Corps in Akure the state capital.
At the innaugural event which took place at the Gani Fawehinmi Arcade in Akure,on Tuesday, Akeredolu stressed that with a workable synergy among the leadership of the security agencies and that of Amotekun, a water-tight strategy capable of arresting crimes even before they occur would be deployed.
The governor also reassured the people that the forthcoming election in the state would be very peaceful, adding that his government will not tolerate any form of criminality occasioned by elections.
Almost 200 members of the corps were inaugurated at the ceremony for the agency which also works in tandem with the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) commission.
“It is incontrovertible that the existing security framework is being overstretched and we had to devise a means of confronting the challenge of insecurity head-on. That was when the concept of Amotekun came up. As Yorubas, we are not known to surrender to our adversaries and if our forebears did not, we should not”.
“On 4th March, this year, just two months after the launch of Amotekun in Ibadan, the Bill setting up the Corps was signed into law, after diligent and thorough work by the State House of Assembly. The import of this is that the Amotekun Corps is now a legal entity, not just the idea of an individual.
“I am saying it again, that my ambition is not worth the insecurities that our people are confronted with, where at some point, people were afraid of travelling out of the state.”
Amotekun Corps Commander, Mr Adetunji Adeleye, said the personnel were trained in collaboration with experienced hands drawn from the various security agencies in the state.
Six South-West governors had on January 9 launched the security outfit to defend the region against rising insecurity.
To contact the OSSNA, use the following links:
OSSNA Amotekun Corps
QUARTER 20, GOVERNMENT QUATERS,
ALAGBAKA, Akure, Ondo State
Phone: +234 807 9999 989, +234 704 5476 595