- More indigenes of Ondo state are to be recruited into the Amotekun corps
- The directive was given by the governor following the increased rate of crime in the state
- Most of these crimes which include kidnapping, killing are reportedly being perpetrated by some herdsmen
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo has taken his determination to rid the state of criminal elements at all cost to another level with his new directive.
In efforts to safeguard the lives and properties of his people, the governor ordered massive recruitment into the state chapter of the Western Nigeria Security Network, Amotekun.
The Cable reports that Adetunji Adeleye, commander of the corps in the state, confirmed this.
“The governor has ordered massive recruitment to the corps. The recruitment is free. You can download the form on our website."
The news outlet also reports that the latest devest development was confirmed by Donald Ojogo, commissioner for information in the state.
Recall that Legit.ng reported that the Ondo state government is serious about sending all herdsmen out of its forest reserves despite the presidency's position on the issue.
Reacting to the presidency's position that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu cannot unilaterally oust herders from the state, Jimoh Dojumo, a media aide, said there is ignorance on the part of the leadership concerning the rate of insecurity in Ondo, Premium Times reports.
In his conversation with journalists on Wednesday, January 20, Dojumo said the ultimatum given to the cattle rearers was the last option by the state when the menace of kidnapping, killing and violent crimes became unbearable.
Legit.ng had also reported that the presidency had stepped in to make some clarifications a day after Akeredolu gave an ultimatum to herdsmen in Ondo to vacate the state's forest reserve.
Speaking on behalf of the presidency, a senior special assistant to President Buhari on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, said that apart from the fact that the position of the state government goes against Nigeria's constitution, it can set certain things in motion.
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