Following the initiative of South West states to form a security force code named Operation Amotekun, the Federal Government has ordered the recruitment of special constables in a bid to start community policing in the country.
A police wireless message with reference DTO:231704/01/2020, announcing the start of the recruitment, was sent to Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police, departments and formations.The message reads:
“INGENPOL (IG) directs that you be informed that (the) Federal Government has given approval for recruitment of special constables as a step forward to enhancing (the) community policing policy nationwide.
“INGENPOL further directs all commands’ CPs, ACPs and DPOs in your respective commands to liaise with traditional rulers and community leaders in your respective areas to form screening committees that will screen volunteers who must be of good character and who will eventually be recruited as special constables.
“All those to be recommended must be resident in their respective communities and must also be between the ages of 21 and 50 with (the) willingness to serve the community.”
Online commentators have however raised concerns about the timing of the recruitment, which is coming at a time when Operation Amotekun is causing national debate.
It is not known if there are plans to take the operation to the National Assembly for added legal backing.