A former Inspector General of Police, Sunday Ehindero, on Monday cautioned operatives of the South-West Security Network, codenamed Amotekun against carrying fire arms.
Ehindero, who gave the warning at the Community Policing Sensitisation and Awareness Campaign held in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, stressed that it was unconstitutional for either Amotekun corps or special constables trained for community policing to carry fire arms.
He then advised them to strictly adhere to the country’s constitution that proscribed them from bearing fire-arm in the course of their operations.
Ehindero explained that the Amotekun was supposed to be an information and intelligence gathering outfit and not an arm carrying one.
The former IGP noted that the corps should maintain community policing and work in team with the Special Constables and the Police Force in order to combat insecurity at the grass roots.
He added that men of Amotekun should not be hasty to bear arms, appealing to them to exercise patience until the constitution was amended.
Ehindero said, “They are not allowed by the law to carry fire arms. They should key into community policing and give their own information. When Amotekun is launched, they will collaborate and cooperate with the police and they will bring intelligence.”
Ehindero headed the force from 2005 to 2007.