By Sefiu Kehinde Ayanbimpe
Upon receiving the baton of office as Pioneer Director- General and later Field Commander of Osun State Security Network,code named Osun Amotekun Corps, which was announced by the State Government under the able leadership of Governor Isiaka Adegboyega Oyetola on April 24th,2020, the High Chief of Owu-Ile Kingdom, Comrade Amitolu Shittu did not leave any stone unturned.
According to the late sage and first Premier of old Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo that ” it is not life that matters but the courage one brings to it”, as a courageous man that Comrade Amitolu Shittu used to known for, he swifted into action by paying a visit to who is who in the security sector of the State, particularly,the important stakeholders including; Paramount rulers of various communities in the State and other concern class of the people.
He took this giant and bold stepped then because of his believe that security issue should be every citizen concern and it should be left into the hand government alone.
Being a thorough bred human rights and pro-democracy activist of late Dr. Tai Solarin and Chief Gani Fawehimi,SAN Schools of Thought and a community leader who lead his people as Osun State Chairman, Police Community Relation Committee (PCRC) and believer in the saying that security is local as politics, he commenced the new assignment with no fewer than one fifty (150) adhoc personnel for the task ahead.
And this singular stepped,made the Osun Amotekun Security Network under his watch being ahead of other states in the Southwestern Nigeria till today.
Comrade Amitolu Shittu moblized his men to stop illegal miners across the length and breadth of the State because this illegal minings had affected the economy of the State interm of funds generation to the purse of the State Government and some of illegal miners constituted security threat to the State in its entirety.
He also led his men to burst many criminal hideout across the State and those criminals arrested were handed over to the Police for further investigation and possible prosecution.
During a year of his(Amitolu Shittu) selfless service to the good people of the State as head of the Corps, mobilized his men to bring peace and stability back to Ilobu and Erin-Osun during the communal clash between the two communities which made his personnel to be at the field of the crisis for good seven days unbath and also mobilized his men to enforce the COVID-19 movement restrictions across the boundary of the State during the outbreak of the global pandemic.
Also, during the EndSars protest, Shittu and his ad-hoc personnel ensured that most of the looted government and private property were recovered back from the looters and the security network under the Shittu’s watch filled the vacuum where the conventional security outfit left untounched .
Looking at a year in office as head of Amotekun Corps in the State, a human rights and pro-democracy activist,Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman,a.k.a. Revolutionary Alfa, maintained that the success being recorded by Comrade Shittu were not coming as a surprise to him(Sulaiman), he stated that Governor Isiaka Adegboyega Oyetola has put a round peg in a round hole with the appointment of Shittu in that portfolio.
Comrade Sulaiman who is Executive Chairman,Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ), disclosed that Comrade Shittu has performed beyond expectations of all and sundry in the State and beyond and this has made him to regain uncommon confidence of the good people of the State, noting that Shittu is a patriot that always ready to pursue the best for his people as a promoter of grassroot development and vocal voice for justice.
According to Sulaiman, “Comrade Amitolu Shittu and Jagunmolu of Owu-Ile Kingdom,is a patriot and credible voice for democracy and egalitarian society, although recently, he partially,slidding to political rem but the politics never becloud his sense of social activism with spirit of justice, fair play, accountability, equity and truth.He is also a man of uncommon courage who always stood for truth no matter whose ox is gored.”
The rights activist then urged him to remain focus in his selfless service to humanity, praying for his more success in office as operational head of Osun Amotekun Corps in the year ahead.
This write-up also dedicated to mark a year in office of Comrade Amitolu Shittu as Pioneer Director-General/ Field Commander,Osun Amotekun Security Network