Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola on Tuesday inaugurated 360 newly-recruited officers into the State Security Network Agency known as Amotekun Corps.
The inauguration followed the completion of a 23-day intensive training by the personnel for professional savvy and the task ahead, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Speaking at the ceremony in Ejigbo, Ejigbo Local Government Area of the state, Oyetola said his administration’s commitment to security, safety and welfare of the people remained irrevocable.
The governor said his administration had given security a prime position as it was critical to its developmental agenda and a strategy to revolutionise the state’s economy.
He charged the officers to display the highest level of professionalism, discipline, competence, integrity and ‘Omoluabi’ ethos in the discharge of their duty.
Oyetola also implored residents of the state to cooperate with the corps to make security management easy and peaceful.
He said, “All Osun citizens must own the corps and provide them with information that will help them to effectively protect us.
“Amotekun is created to collaborate with the security agencies, the vigilante group as well as hunters across the state in order to ensure the security of lives and property.
“Let me also remind you all that by the nature of Amotekun’s operations and network, yours is a complementary and collaborative security outfit.
“I, therefore, urge you to collaborate with your colleagues in neighbouring South-West states to keep our region and our people safe.”
The governor commended security agencies in the state for their services and assured that the government would continue to support them.
He said the state government had bought 20 security vehicles with communication gadgets to support security operatives in the discharge of their responsibilities.
“We have recruited 750 vigilantes across all local governments in the state to provide intelligence on the activities and suspicious movements of criminals to the officials of Amotekun,” he said.
In his address, the Chairman of the State Security Network Agency, Brig Gen Ademola Aderibigbe (retd), said the security outfit would flush out criminals in the state.