Makinde picks Gen Togun as Amotekun Commander
By Biola Ologun, Ibadan
The Governor of Oyo State, Mr Seyi Makinde has announced the appointment of Gen Kunle Togun (rtd) as the Corps Commander, Amotekun, the local security outfit.
In a statement signed by Moses Alao made available to Irohinoodua, Makinde said Togun will oversea the affairs of the security outfit in the state.
Togun will be assisted by Col Olayinka Bisiriyu(rtd)
Togun, a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University where he read Zoology before he joined the Army had serves in various capacities at the Directorate of Military Intelligence, (DMI) during General Ibrahim Babangida’s era and also as Deputy Director of the State Security Service, (SSS)
He had served in various military operations at home and abroad.
Olayinka was Assistant Director, British Military Advisory apart from various military training he had had in Nigeria and abroad.
They are to oversea the immediate recruitment and training of the Amotekun corps.
He was the first non-American Army Officer to score 100 percent in a military subject at the aptitude level.
He served in various positions in the Army, including Presidential Guards, Dodan Barracks, Lagos; Adviser in the Nigerian Embassy, Cotonou in 1979; Battalion Commander; Brigade Commander, Director of Military Intelligence.
Similarly, the newly appointed commandant of the security outfit, Olayinka, 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.
He began his military training at the Nigerian Army School of Infantry, Jaji, Nigeria, in 1993, and holds a Higher Defence Management and National Security certification from the National Defence College, Abuja.
He also holds a Masters of Strategic Studies certificate from the University of Ibadan, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Criminology and Security Studies from the National Open University, Abuja; Professional Diploma in Safety and Security Management from the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, among other educational and professional certifications