The Commander of Oyo State Security Network Agency also known as Amotekun, Col. Olayinka Olayanju, (retd), on Tuesday, January 5, revealed that some of the aides of Governor Seyi Makinde are indirectly backing hoodlums terrorising the people of the state.
The Amotekun commander disclosed this while speaking on a radio station, Fresh FM.
1st News had reported that residents of Ibadan communities have recently been living in constant fears following the increased cases of hoodlum attacks.
Three persons were reportedly shot; and injured in a fresh attack that occurred on Sunday.
However, the Amotekun Commander explained that some senior aides of the governor have in the past pleaded that the agency should free suspected hoodlums arrested in connection with civil disturbances in some parts of the state capital.
Olayanju, however, declined to mention the names of the governor’s aides, who pestered him to release the arrested suspects.
He said, “Some people would come to plead that we should release those arrested. We arrested some in (Ibadan) North-East less than a week ago and one SA ( Special Adviser) was running around begging us.
“He came and met me around NTA; and I told him that we have handed them over to the police at Yemetu. I won’t mention the name. He is SA to the governor; some are chairmen; some are lawmakers who seek such a favour.”
When asked whether the governor’s aides were behind the unrest in the state capital, the Amotekun commander replied, “That is what we are saying.”
Meanwhile, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says the International Criminal Court (ICC) and some human rights organisations have colluded to aggravate the security challenges facing the country.
Lai Mohammed made the accusation at a New Year media briefing he addressed in Lagos on Monday, January 4.
He stressed that while the security agencies continued to battle bandits and terrorists; the ICC and some international human rights organisations; especially Amnesty International, had constituted themselves into another ‘fighting force’ against the country.
Lai Mohammed explained that while security forces were fending off attacks on many fronts; the organisations were constantly harassing and threatening them; with the investigation and possible prosecution over alleged crimes against humanity and other war crimes.
He said a section of the local media had also been parroting the organisations; without weighing the impact of their constant threats on the security of the nation.