About 4,625 university and polytechnic graduates have applied for recruitment into Amotekun Corps in Osun State.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that about 13,000 applicants had applied for the Amotekun Corps in the state, which ended on Tuesday, June 27.
Speaking with newsmen in Osogbo, the Director-General of the Corps in the state, Amitolu Shittu, explained that 20 percent of the applicants are university graduates while 15 per cent have Higher National Diploma.
A breakdown of the educational qualifications of the applicants shows that “10 per cent of them possess Ordinary National Diploma, while five per cent of them have National Certificate of Education.
Senior School Certificate Examination holders make up 40 per cent of the applicants, with six per cent of them have Primary School Leaving Certificate.
Those in the category of non-education constitute four per cent of the total number of the applicants.
Mr Shittu assured that the applicants would be properly screened and subjected to various tests.
DAILY NIGERIAN recalls that the governors of the six Southwestern states: Ekiti, Oyo, Ogun, Lagos, Osun and Ondo, had come together to form a security outfit, codenamed Amotekun.
The security outfit, birthed on January 9, 2020, is formed basically to defend the region in view of the rising insecurity in the country, accentuated by indiscriminate killings, kidnappings, banditry and destruction of farmlands.
Amotekun is a Yoruba name meaning Leopard. The headquarters of Operation Amotekun is located in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
Amotekun is targeted to help the Police, other security agencies and traditional rulers in curbing crimes in the society, as well as check the recurring farmers-herders clashes.
Amotekun will complement the police in protecting the people, especially Nigerians and foreign nationals living in the Southwest region. Amotekun operatives will carry Dane guns that are similar to the ones hunters carry during their operation.