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Amotekun Must Not Become Another SARS — Soyinka

Prof. Wole Soyinka, has warned that the South-West Security Network Agency codenamed Amotekun, must not turn into another Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force.

Soyinka, who spoke while featuring on an Arise TV programme, said the men of the Amotekun Corps must be trained on the issue of ethics so that they don’t become more brutal and ruthless than the officers of the defunct police unit.

Speaking on Saturday, Soyinka said the minds of the Amotekun operatives must be trained to understand the essence of their job.

He said, “I have told them anytime you want us to come and assist, we will come even if it is just on the ethical session so that as you are training them to defend us, we are also training their minds so that Amotekun does not become another SARS, very important. We must do everything together.”

Soyinka, who said some South-West states were tardy in inaugurating their Amotekun Corps, urged other states yet to launch their security outfits to do so quickly as the challenge of insecurity has reached a “stage of desperation”.

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