Soyinka advocates re-training of Amotekun operatives ‘lest they morph into another SARS’

Soyinka advocates re-training of Amotekun operatives ‘lest they morph into another SARS’

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, on Saturday, January 9, stated that the South-West Security Network Agency, also known as Amotekun, must not be allowed to become another version of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force.

Soyinka further advised that men of the Amotekun Corps must be trained on the issue of ethics so that they don’t become more brutal and ruthless than the officers of the defunct police unit.

1st News had reported that Ondo and Oyo States launched the security outfit endorsed by the governments of the six South-West states last year.

However, of late, there have been allegations of recklessness and extrajudicial killings against the security outfit, especially in Oyo State.

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In his comments, Soyinka said the minds of the Amotekun operatives must be trained to understand the essence of their job.

The Nobel Laureate spoke while featuring on an Arise TV programme.

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.”

Soyinka, who said some South-West states were tardy in inaugurating their Amotekun Corps, urged other states yet to launch their security outfits to do so quickly as the challenge of insecurity has reached a “stage of desperation”.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Government on Friday, January 8, intensified public advocacy and sensitisation to the emergence of the second wave of COVID-19.

This was done through the interaction between the staff of the Ministry of Information and Strategy; led by the Director of Public Enlightenment, Mr Toyin Adeni-Awosika, and members of the public.

The Lagos State sensitisation team engaged members of the public at markets; motor mechanic workshops; garages; and parks at Agege; Ojota; Ikeja; Ogba; Alausa Secretariat; and environs.

They addressed the people and obtained feedback; just as essential Information, Education, and Communication materials such as flyers and also posters were distributed.

Adeni-Awosika said that there was a need for adherence to guidelines; stipulated by the government to curtail the spread of the deadly virus.

According to him, the Lagos state government is dismayed with the flagrant disregard for COVID-19 protocols; by members of the public.

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