- The recruitment process for Amotekun in Oyo state has been concluded
- About 2,000 personnel including support officials were recruited by the agency
- According to the chairman of the agency's board, the security outfit will be launched before the end of 2020
A report by The Nation indicates that the recruitment process of personnel into the Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN) popularly known as Amotekun in Oyo state was concluded on Sunday, October 4.
Not less than 2,000 personnel were recruited by the agency including support officials, who will be trained before the official launching.
According to Gen. Ajibola Toogun (rtd), the chairman of the agency’s board, the local security outfit in the southwest will be launched before the end of this year.
Toogun, speaking with the news publication, said the final screening of candidates marked the end of the recruitment process, adding that when the agency overcomes some challenges, training will begin.
He went on to note that the list of successful candidates will only be released when the agency is about to begin training.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Governor Seyi Makinde-led government in Oyo state gave the approval of N59.7 million for the take-off of Amotekun.
The disclosure was made by the state information commissioner, Wasiu Olatunbosun, on Tuesday, August 4, after the executive meeting held virtually.
Olatunbosun said the state government made approval for the procurement of 3000 units of uniforms, combat boots, lanyard, baseball hats, security belts, worsted boots, and the production of the logo to distinguish the personnel from other security agencies in the state.
Meanwhile, security agencies comprising of the Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), and other outfits screened 2,593 applicants for Amotekun jobs in Ekiti.
The applicants from the 16 local governments were interviewed at the Fajuyi Pavilion in Ado-Ekiti.
The Amotekun corps commander, Brig.-Gen Joe Komolafe (rtd) commended the screening panel for showing fairness and thoroughness during the exercise.
He disclosed that the Amotekun governing board would meet next week to deliberate on the report of the screening panel.
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