- Ogun has followed in the steps of other southwest states as it inaugurated Amotekun Corps on Thursday
- Professor Wole Soyinka who was at the ceremony warned the corps to respect the rights of citizens and not make a mess of their responsibility
- The literary icon also advised members of the security outfit not to engage in silly rivalry
Amotekun Corps operatives in Ogun state have been warned by Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, against abusing their uniforms.
Speaking at the official inauguration of the Southwest Joint Security Network codenamed Amotekun in Ogun on Thursday, April 1, the Nobel Laureate asked the operatives not to engage in brutality or harassment of innocent citizens.
He said if they abuse the uniform, they will be severely dealt with before they are struck by the Yoruba god of iron (Ogun), The Sun reports.
The popular playwright and poet said he and others will be keeping a close eye on the corps to make sure that they do not overstep their boundary and trample on the rights of innocent people.
“So Amotekun, we are watching you, if you abuse your uniform, before Ogun strikes you, we would have dealt with you”.
According to him, Amotekun in Ogun state is there to complete the efforts of other security agencies in bringing sanity to society and not to take their place.
In a report by The Guardian, Soyinka issued a warning to other security agencies, asking them not to see not to engage in competition with the corps, but to welcome and work with them.
The playwright who said engaging in rivalry is silly, told other security agencies, “this is not a replacement for you, you’re too jealous of your uniform.”
Wole Soyinka decorated in Ogun
The Nobel Laureate added another feather to his cap following his ceremonial recognition as Super Marshall of Operation Amotekun in Ogun state on Thursday, April 1.
This was made known in a series of tweets via the official Twitter handle of the governor @dabiodunMFR and sighted by Legit.ng.
Soyinka dressed in a white shirt, black trousers, and Amotekun regalia was presented with the insignia of the corps.