The commander of the Osun Security Network Agency, also known as Amotekun Corps, Brigadier General Bashir Adewimbi (ret.), said more agents would be recruited to bolster security and flush out bandits hiding in the forests.
Adewimbi made this known in Ede on Saturday in an interview with the Nigeria news agency, in which he stated that they had credible information that bandits and criminals were hiding in the forests.
He said: “The banditry and terrorism that we are now experiencing in our region is the spillover effect of what is happening across the country.
“We have credible information that bandits are all in our forests and we plan to comb the forests and make sure we drive them out or arrest them.”
The commander said, “The Corps’ officers are determined to get into the woods and flush out these criminals who use the woods as their hideout.
“The governor has approved the recruitment of more competent officers.
“We will not recruit or hire people who are simply looking for work, but people who are bold and courageous and go into the forest to confront and fight criminals hiding in the forests.
“We are going to recruit brave hunters who will go into the forest to hunt for weeks and months.
“The people we’re looking for, who we want now, are people who can fight the problem on the ground.”
He said the force has deployed just 360 officers in all 30 local government areas and one municipal area in the state, and stated there was a serious need to recruit more men.
Adewimbi said: “While the Amotekun State Corps is gathering intelligence and collaborating with existing security forces to strengthen the police force, their limitation to carry firearms limits their crime-fighting operations.
In short, we provide information and confront criminals where necessary, even if we are not sufficiently armed.
“During our recruitment, we have taken into account the fact that we are not allowed to carry weapons/weapons, but we are working on obtaining licensed weapons.”
Speaking about how to improve security in the state, Adewimbi called on residents to always keep an eye on their surroundings and not harbor criminals.
He said: “The government alone cannot provide all the funds and equipment that Amotekun needs for its operations.
“We are therefore calling on well-meaning people from the state to come to our aid while appreciating those who are already helping the Corps.”