The recent upsurge of violence across Ibadan metropolis has been described as part of the fall-out of lack of synergy between the Oyo State Police Command and the state’s chapter of the Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN) codenamed Amotekun.
This was the view of a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and a community leader, Alhaji Adebisi Olopoeniyan during an interview with the crew of Media Hub in his Basorun, Ibadan residence.
The maverick politician was reacting to the upsurge of violence across the Oyo State capital recently, which has created palpable fear among the residents and stressed the need for the state government to look at the situation holistically towards reenacting what was done before to ensure peaceful residency within the metropolis.
Olopoeniyan maintained that “nobody is immune from palpable fear in the face of violence here and there and it behooves the government to ensure that the residents sleep with their two eyes closed’.
He lamented that what could have been the gains of the state in the establishment of Amotekun was being eroded by lack of synergy between the security outfit and the Police Command in the state, insisting that the two bodies would have to work together to properly secure the state.
According to him, “before we can enjoy the services of ‘Amotekun’, the body and the police must work together. The police must support Amotekun for it to succeed. With the support of the police, they will be more effective in their activities.
“If you are in doubt of what I’m saying, where is Amotekun cell to lock up offenders? By the time Amotekun keeps anybody in the “cell”, it has become kidnapping, a very serious crime. When Amotekun arrest anybody, they take the person to the police detention.
‘’So, Amotekun must work with the police. It is the police that receives training in the art of investigating crime and arrest offenders, Amotekun never had such training. It is through the police that Amotekun can effectively work. They can’t work alone, they must cooperate with the police’’, the politician stated further.