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Ogun State Commander of Amotekun, David Akinremi has disclosed that the state-owned security outfit is composed of different traditionalists such as Obatala, Sango, Ogun worshippers as well as Christians and Muslims in the fight against insecurity in the state.
The former commissioner of police revealed that the inclusion of the traditionalists in the state security outfit is necessitated as a result of the security challenges threatening the people.
In an exckusive interview with PLATFORM TIMES on Monday, in Abeokuta, the commander told our correspondent that the outfit uses both traditional and modern methods to fight against insecurity and crime in the state.
While making his stance on the need to go traditional as regards security issues in the state and in other south western states, he reiterated “we can’t keep doing the same thing the same way and expect a different result”.
The state commander emphasized that the operatives of the command needed all the forms of the powers they can ‘fortify themselves with in the discharge of their duties.
In his words, “Truly, the Amotekun has certain powers, that is why we have all sort of people; we have the traditionalists – whether you believe it or not, we have the Obatala,Oloya, Sango, Ogun worshippers and what have you – just as we have Christians and muslims among them.
“We often advise them to bring whatever powers or whatever they can do to fortify themselves with in the job for which they have been employed to do,” the state commander affirmed.
While disregarding that the outfit uses ‘diabolic powers’, Akinremi posited that the outfit has mystical powers that are beyond the eyes.
He however, lamented that lack of sophisticated weapons to combat crime and face insecurity poses great challenges, therefore, forcing the outfit to solicit the use of traditional means.
He said “To say the Amotekun has diabolic power is to say we have some power we use in manipulating things. What we have is traditional powers that are beyond what can be ordinarily seen.
“Don’t forget that we don’t have sophisticated weapons like the police, ‘what is good for the goose is good for the gander’. Although there are bills in this regard, if we have criminals going about with sophisticated weapons, why should the state owned security outfit not have access to such weapons as well?” The state commander asked rhetorically.
He exposed that the agency appeals to recruit more personnel with such powers as they are considered vital to the execution and implementation of normalcy to the state of security in the state.
“To this extent, if you say we have mystical power, well, I wouldn’t say ‘No’. We always appeal to our people who have the powers that our forefathers used when they were alive that they can assist us with such powers so that it can make our jobs easier so that we can continue to protect them and watch over them, and we can be able to keep their community safe”, he said in part.
In the face of the somersaulting security routine in the country, PLATFORM TIMES recalls the inauguration of the corps on the 1st of April, 2021 by the Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun as the state security outfit.
According to Akinremi, the inauguration was an indication that the southwest was in dire need of a state owned security agency, that understands the geographical entity of the states and that would be closer to the indigenous people enough to protect them in a language they trust.
Akinremi added that the people have high expectations of the corps, hence, despite the synergy of work with other security agencies, they must be deeply rooted in the traditional and local policing.
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