Rasaq Ibrahim, Ado-Ekiti
The Commandant of Ekiti State Security Network codenamed Amotekun, Brigadier-General Joe Komolafe (Rtd.), has said the corps will deploy supernatural and modern security techniques to combat banditry, kidnapping and other criminalities in the state.
Komolafe disclosed this on Monday at Efon Alaaye during a sensitisation tour of Ekiti West, Efon Alaaye and Ijero Local Government Areas of the State.
The Corps Commandant explained the security outfit would employ ancient Yoruba tactics of securing territories and fishing out criminals from their hide outs.
He noted the neglect of local and ancient patterns of exposing criminals was one of the factors responsible for the rising wave of crimes in the region.
He charged traditional rulers to deploy their supernatural prowess to secure lives and properties of people in their domains.
Describing Amotekun as a force of liberation, Komolafe assured the security outfit would protect the Southwest from invaders who had constantly constituted threat to the region.
Speaking on the composition of the security outfit, Komolafe said the first phase of the recruitment was to establish an intelligence- based outfit and later accommodate Amotekun ambassadors who would serve as informants of the agency.
According to him, there will be no age limit to those that would make up the ambassadorial category.
Identifying Amotekun as indigenous outfit, Komolafe said: “We want people that can enter the bush and give us native intelligence about criminal hide outs.
“People before us rose and fought invaders, we also want to rise and fight invaders. These invaders came with all forms of impunity, they kill, maim, rape and destroy people’s farm produce.”