Over 500 petitions have been received by the Ondo state Security network, Operation Amotekun from residents of Ondo state since the formation of the agency less than a year.
The Ondo state commandant of Amotekun corps, Chief Adetunji Adeleye who stated that it would lead to has called for security trust funds as part of measures to stem the tide of insecurity in Nigeria.
Chief Adeleye in a public lecture titled “contemporary security challenges: is Amotekun corps the way forward?” said the level of insecurity in the country calls for concern.
The lecture was part of activities line up to mark 2020 press week of Nigeria Union of Journalists, Ondo State council.
Adeleye warned that there may be hunger in the country as a result of insecurity and incessant attacks on farmers.
While emphasizing the need for synergy among military and paramilitary organizations to effectively nib crime in the bud, Chief Adeleye said insecurity can only be surmounted through collaboration of all and sundry and support the special support of media practitioners.
He said over 500 petitions have been received by Amotekun from residents of Ondo state seeking respite since the formation of the agency less than a year.
The Commander said petitions include respite from communities whose farmlands were destroyed by cows.
Adeleye Said Amotekun corps has also arrested over 100 suspected criminals after it launched it operation clean up with a promise to always make the state unsafe for men of the underworld.
While declaring open the press week, governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu who was represented by his chief of staff, chief Olugbenga Ale thanked NUJ for it’s support to his administration and ralled more for Amotekun.
He said the Amotekun corps was an homegrown approach to fill the gap in the security architecture of the south west.
The NUJ Chairman, Adetona Aderoboye commended the collaborative efforts between the state government and media organizations in the state.
He enjoined government to consider the marginalisation of Journalists and information officers in the public service.
The occasion had in attendance, the state deputy speaker, Samuel Aderoboye, commissioner for information, Donald Ojogo; General Manager Radio Nigeria, positive GM Akure Mr Tunde Abiodun, Labour leaders, security personnel among others.
The press week continues tomorrow with health walk and children’s party.