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Osun Amotekun commander to face panel over allegations against cabinet members

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The Osun State government has asked the Field Commander of the state’s Amotekun Corps, Amitolu Shittu, to appear before a disciplinary committee set up to probe his allegations against two members of the state’s cabinet.

A statement at the weekend, through the official Twitter handle of the state, read: “Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, willing to ensure that discipline is instilled in his cabinet, especially considering that Shittu is also a serving member of his government, has directed a committee, headed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Wole Oyebamiji, to wade into the matter and submit the proceedings of their intervention within 72 hours.

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“Other members of the committee include the Deputy Chief of Staff, Abdullah Adeyanju Binuyo; Chairman, Osun Security Network and Amotekun Corps Board, Gen. Ademola Aderibigbe; Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Bola Oyebamiji and the Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs. Funke Egbemode.”

Shittu had lambasted the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr. Charles Akinola, and the governor’s Special Adviser on Security, Mrs. Abiodun Ige, in a lengthy statement posted on his Facebook account last Wednesday.

While Shittu called Akinola an opportunist and liability, the Amotekun chief described Ige, a former police commissioner in the state, as politically-deficit.

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It was gathered that Shittu’s outburst might not be unconnected with the forthcoming 2022 governorship election in the state and the rift between Governor Oyetola and the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola.

Shittu had said that Oyetola, while he was the Chief of Staff (CoS) to former Governor Rauf Aregbesola, performed very well and was never a political liability to Osun, saying: “However, these cannot be said about some hangers-on and opportunists at the corridors of power, who are reaping where they did not sow.

“Record cannot lie. Charles Akindiji Akinola has no political relevance in Osun. This is a man who failed when he headed O’REAP as Director-General and has nothing to write home about as his account of stewardship at O’REAP. Politics is beyond grammatical expression and American phonetics because politics itself is local and grassroots.

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“If Oyetola, like the hangers-on, attaches importance to being self-centered, the government he is leading would have become unpopular, just like the wish of Charles Akinola.

“Today, as a responsible appointee of the governor, Charles Akindiji Akinola should have borrowed a leaf from the present Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Wole Oyebamiji, who, in his wisdom, has popularised the government of Oyetola the more in his Egbedore Local Council through various empowerment programmes, including the provision of solar street light for his people.

It was gathered that Shittu had deleted the Facebook post after it generated public reactions.

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