Gov. Makinde Appoints General Togun, Col. Olayinka to Oversee Amotekun

Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde has appointed General Ajibola Kunle Togun (Retired) and Retired Colonel Olayanju Bisiriyu Olayinka as Chairman and Commandant of the Oyo State Security Network, codenamed Amotekun.

A statement signed by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Print Media Moses Alao, indicates that the retired military officers will oversee the initiative, which was put in place to checkmate insecurity in the state.

The new chairman of the outfit, General Togun, retired from the military having served as Director of Military Intelligence and former Deputy Director-General of the State Security Service.

General Togun, who attended the 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 Oyo State Amotekun outfit, Col. Olayinka (rtd), 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.

It will be recalled that Governor Makinde signed the AmotekunBill into law in March this year.

 Iyabo Adebisi

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