By Ayobami Agboola, Osogbo
Southwestern Nigeria Security Network, (Amotekun) in Osun State has appealed to local hunters in the state to rescind their decision to pull out of the security agency .
Chairman, Governing Board, Osun State Security Network Agency, codenamed Amotekun Corps, Brigadier General Isah Aderibigbe(Rtd) made the appeal while fielding questions from journalists immediately after the board meeting held in Osogbo, Osun State capital.
CityMirrorNews reports that the local hunters under the aegis of Hunters Group of Nigeria, had last week pulled out of the security agency over alleged financial impropriety.
The hunters led by their state Coordinator, Nurein Hammed said they were short-changed to the sum of N29 million by Osun Amotekun leadership during and after last year lockdown in the state.
Reacting, Aderibigbe said that the allegation has nothing to do with the current leadership of Amotekun, saying the newly constituted board members knew nothing about it but had started working passionately to resolve the issue amicably.
He said : “There are two phases of Amotekun, there was phase 1 which was known as ad-hoc amotekun which has ceased to exist with the new one and that allegation can not be level against this new Amotekun.
“Amotekun was created out of necessity. It was COVID19 that brought in ad-hoc Amotekun and worked with the hunters and other security agencies before we were inaugurated in August last year.
“The allegation has nothing to do with the current leadership of Amotekun. And we are working passionately to resolve this matter and we believe the issue will be resolved amicably
“This new board is trying to solve the matter. We spoke with the leader of the hunters group in Osun state , in person of Mr Nurein Hammed, popularly called AK leader. We appealed to him on the need for him to forget what has happened in the past. We told him that the problem is not peculiar to our administration
“They have their reason but whatever may be their reasons, we are still on top of the matter. We are appealing to them because we are all collaborating for the peace and security of the state and we believe our principal, the Chief Executive of the state who is in charge of security, will not allow the matter to go out of hand.
“The present Amotekun will use everything within our reach to resolve the matter. The Hunter groups are not separating from us. The deputy commandant of hunters is a member of this committee of new Amotekun in Osun and we believe he would help us to talk to his people.
Corroborating the Chairman, the Corps Commandant, Brigadier General Bashir Adewimbi (Rtd) urged residents of the state to be security conscious saying the security of the life and prosperity required a collective efforts of every individuals.
He however charged residents in the state to always alert security personnel whenever they observe strange movement in their area.
“There should be synergy and collaboration between Amotekun and residents of the state.
“When people see strange faces around them they should alert the security agencies at the appropriate time. Information should not be hidden by any body.
“If they see strange or foreign faces that can put threat to the security of their area, the public should as a matter of urgency, alert the security agencies through the telephone number 293.” Adewinmbi concluded.
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