Makinde Appoints Chairman and Commandant for Oyo Amotekun
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has appointed the duo of General Ajibola Kunle Togun(Rtd) and Colonel Olayanju Bisiriyu Olayinka(Rtd) as chairman and commandant of the Oyo State Security Network, codenamed Operation Amotekun.
The governor, in a statement signed by his Special Assistant (Print Media), Moses Alao, stated that the retired military officers will oversee the initiative, which was put in place to check insecurity in the state.
It would be recalled that Makinde signed the Amotekun Bill into law in March, with the government having procured vehicles and other equipment for use by the security outfit, which he noted was set up to complement the efforts of other security agencies in the state.
The new chairman of the outfit, Togun, retired from the military having served as Director of Military Intelligence and former Deputy Director-General of the State Security Service.
Togun, who attended Government College, Ibadan, and Mount Olivet High School, Oyo, studied Zoology at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile-Ife, between 1964 and 1968, before joining the Nigerian Army in 1968, where he served in the Awka Sector during the Nigerian Civil War.
He was the first non-American Army Officer to score 100 percent in a military subject at the aptitude level.
Similarly, the newly appointed commandant of the security outfit, Olayinka, has several years of experience in the military, having served as Assistant Director, British Military Advisory Training Team, Defence Headquarters, Abuja; Deputy Chief of Staff (Logistics), Headquarters 2 Div, Nigerian Army, Ibadan and Sector Commander, Operation Safe Haven, Plateau State, among others.