Ondo State Security Network Agency was established vide the Amotekun Corps Law, 2020 in response to the rising wave of insecurity in the Southwest Geopolitical Zone. The impact of these was already affecting business and investment decisions which could eventually cripple the economy of the Zone except something urgent, drastic and holistic was done. Incidents such as kidnapping, armed robbery, herdsmen and farmers’ clashes and other violent crimes became common place along the highways as well as within the hinterlands so much so that night and day travel was a nightmare no one was prepared to experience.
The Governors, under the able leadership of the Chairman of the Southwest Governor’s Forum, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, and Speakers of the Legislative Houses in the Zone took the bull by the horn to set in motion the process for the establishment of the Amotekun Initiative which translated to the creation of Amotekun Corps in each of the States of the Southwest geopolitical Zone.
- The Objectives of the Corps
The objectives of Ondo State Security Agency include but not limited to the following:
- Systematically gather, document, evaluate, and analyze data and information to convert to actionable intelligence for tactical operational and strategic goals;
- Collaborate with similar security network agencies in other States, including but not limited to Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti and Lagos States to deter kidnapping, terrorism, cattle rustling, destruction of farms and crops, destruction of livelihood, criminal damage to properties, human trafficking, cultism, highway robbery, sea piracy, oil bunkering and any other criminal offences and to assist the Police and other law enforcement agencies in apprehending such criminals;
- Protect lives and property within the State;
- Ensure that all persons travelling along the highways, major roads. Remote areas, hinterland, forests, inland waterways and sea are free to carry out their normal social and economic activities without fear or hindrance; and
- Assist the Police and other security agencies to carry out any other lawful activity for maintaining law and order in the State.
The functions of the Agency as captured in Section 5 (1) of the Law states inter alia;
- Collaborate with and assist the Police and other security network agencies in gathering information about crime, crime investigation, arrest and prosecution of persons suspected or involved in kidnapping, terrorism, cattle rustling, destruction of farms and crops, destruction of livelihood, criminal damage to properties, human trafficking, cultism, highway robbery, sea piracy, oil bunkering and other criminal offences;
- Collaborate with and assist the Police and other security agencies in maintaining law and order within the State by:
- Making available relevant information on crime, crime in progress, crime related activities, suspicious activities and criminal suspects;
- Undertaking routine day and night patrol on major roads, remote areas, hinterland, forests and inland waterways;
- Ensuring that offenders are identified, arrested, registered, diligently investigated and promptly handed over at the nearest Police Station or post then follow up to prosecution;
- Speedy dispensation of justice within a reasonable time;
- Giving timely report of suspicious activities and crimes in progress to aid in the effective policing of the State;
- Providing the Police and other security agencies with relevant information to aid in the effective policing of the State;
- Disarm unauthorized persons in possession of arms and other dangerous weapons;
- Render prompt assistance to crime and accident victims;
- Undertake routine day and night patrols on interconnected roads and surveillance on highways, major roads, remote areas, hinterland, forests and inland waterways for attainment of the objectives of the Agency;
- Undertake joint operations with the Police and other Security Agencies in furtherance of the objectives of the Agencies;
- React and respond promptly and strategically to distress calls;
- Prevent highway crimes and any other criminal activities by way of local intelligence gathering and the use of technology;
- Collaborate with other Security Agencies in carrying out its existing responsibilities; and
- Carry out such other directives that the Governor may expressly give to the Ondo State Amotekun Corps in relation to security and the maintenance of public order and safety.
- The Journey So Far:
Milestones Achieved Under the Akogun Ade Adeleye Leadership
The Ondo State Security Network Agency (Amotekun Corps) which came into being via a Bill passed by the Ondo State House of Assembly and signed into Law by Mr. Governor Arakunrin Oluwarotimi O. Akeredolu, SAN on the 4th of March, 2020, has in no small measure contributed tremendously to the safety of lives and property and toward strengthening the capacity of existing security agencies in stemming the wave of criminality in the State and its environs. It has since become a recognized player in the maintenance of law and order in Ondo State. By this, it has helped in boosting the confidence of the people and investors in joining the giant strides of socioeconomic transformation of the Akeredolu-led Administration.
Some of the deliverables include the following:
- Recruitment of informants, volunteers and Regular officers of the Corps spread across the 18 Local Government Areas of the State;
- Successful launch of 7 Phases of Operation Clean Up leading to arrest of over 2,500 armed robbers, thieves, cattle rustlers, kidnappers and other criminals;
- Settlement of farmers and herders clashes and farm destruction resulting in payment of compensation to victims
- Recovery of vehicles stolen at gunpoint
- Effective enforcement of Ban on Motorcycle Operations after 6pm to stem the tide of criminal activities
- Effective daily night patrol across the 18 LGAs of the State
- Prosecution and conviction of criminals
- Renovation of Operational and Administrative Offices
- Continuous training and retraining of officers
- Acquisition (donated by Ondo State Government) and maintenance of 60 Patrol vehicles and 90 Motorcycles
Interested and suitable applicants should:
- Be an indigene and resident of Ondo State
- Have cognate paramilitary/ security experience in addition to the following:
- a minimum of Primary School Leaving Certificate (PSLC) while HND/First Degree in Criminology and Security Studies, Sociology, Psychology, Law, English Language, Computer Science, Secretarial Studies, Mechanical/Automobile Engineering, Building and Construction, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Plumbing and Fittings, Welding and Fabrication, Painting etc, will be added advantage
- Not below the age of 20 and have recent proof of physical and mental fitness from a Government Hospital
- Show proof of endorsement of good character from a Traditional Ruler and Serving or Retired Public Office Holder or a Public Servant not below the post of a Director.
- Method and Submission of Application
Interested persons who meet the above criteria should visit the Agency’s website at www.ondoamotekun.com to fill online forms as from Thursday, 12th May, 2022.
- Print form 2, get it completed
- Complete form 1 and upload form 2 in the space provided
- Acknowledgement with reference number assigned to your application should be printed and brought to the interview.
Submission of Forms ends on the 25th of May, 2022 while shortlisted applicants shall be communicated via SMS.
Enquiries: Additional information or clarifications could be obtained at the Agency’s Office or call 08079999989.