BY SEYIFUNMI LUMEKO
The Hunters Group of Nigeria has accused the leadership of Amotekun in Osun State of being short-changed to the tune of N29 million during and after last year’s lockdown due to COVID-19.
Nurein Hammed, the state Coordinator of the Hunters Group of Nigeria, disclosed this to journalists in Osogbo on Thursday.
According to him, the group was committed to ensuring adequate security of lives and property of the state, but could not operate under the present leadership of Amotekun in the state.
He said: “We are unequivocally committed to working with other security agencies to protect the state against criminals. We swore on oath to do that but we cannot work with Amotekun to achieve those objectives.
“During the lockdown that was necessitated by Covid-19 pandemic and the EndSARS protest, we mounted several border patrol, as well as maintain peace across the state.
“Eventually, the state government released N44million to pay our personnel for the services as Amotekun ad hoc staff. But we only got N15million. The then leader is still within the present leadership and we cannot trust the leadership to work towards the same objective with us because they are not under traditional oath as us.”
Efforts to get a reaction of Amotekun Corps Commandant in the state, Brigadier-General Bashir Adewinmbi, proved abortive, he neither picked calls to his phone line nor responded to a text message sent to him on the incident.