Former Governor of Oyo State, Adebayo Alao-Akala has given reason why the South West regional security outfit, Amotekun Corps will fail in the region except in Lagos State.
Alao-Akala who gave the reason when he addressed journalists ahead of the launch of his memoir entitled: “Amazing Grace,” in commemoration of his 70th birthday next month said the appointment of former military officers as the head of the outfit by Governors of South West states was a recipe for failure.
He said, “The Amotekun Corps will fail in the South West states except Lagos. The outfit is supposed to take care of security of the people and their property across the zone. But it will fail in every state, except Lagos because the right people were not appointed to head it.
“You cannot expect a soldier to head Amotekun successfully. A police officer is trained specially on internal security management. If fundamentally, the foundation is weak, whatever you want to put on it would be weak. When you have a soldier there, he is taught how to kill. The governors don’t get it right by appointing former military men to head the outfits in the other states.
“If a retired senior police officer was appointed as the head of the Amotekun outfit in a state, the commissioner of police would respect him as his former superior. A retired army officer would want to be forceful in his approach. Remember that only the police can prosecute criminals, Amotekun cannot; so they need the cooperation of the police.
“The Amotekun personnel are not armed; they will be successful if they collaborate with the police by calling for support while trying to burst crimes in their respective states and localities.”