Amotekun bill awaits legislative scrutiny as SEC finalises Draft Bill in Ondo, Ogun

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Steps toward giving legal backing to the South-west security network codenamed  “Operation Amotekun” is making headway in Ondo and Ogun as the State Executive Councils (SECs) of both  states have approved the Draft Bill of the outfit.

Nigerian NewsDirect gathered that the Oyo State SEC is likely to finalise its own  Draft of the security network on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Ondo SEC on Wednesday in a resolution approved its Draft Bill of the Ondo State Security Network Agency codenamed “Amotekun Corps.”

DisclosIng this at the State Capital, Akure on Wednesday, the  Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, while addressing news men, hinted that the  Draft Bill consisting 6 Parts and 44 sections is expected to be earnestly transmitted to the State House of Assembly for legislative scrutiny and thereafter passed into law.

He stressed that every apprehension or fears expressed towards the outfit has been adequately looked into, he added that traditional rulers would be given vital and complementary roles to play in the new security arrangement and will be contained in the bill.

The Commissioner said, “ln an exhaustive session of deliberations, Council took time to peruse every detail contained in the Bill that was presented by the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Kola Olawoye, SAN, and now ready to be transmitted to the state House of Assembly for passage.

“The Draft Bill has 6 Parts and 44sections. It is also gratifying to disclose that every apprehension or fears expressed have been adequately looked into.

“This is even as Traditional Rulers will now have roles to play in the operations of the security outfit pursuant to its passage into law by the State Assembly.

“Government finds it pertinent to reiterate that this laudable initiative is aimed at complementing the efforts of the Nation’s security agencies.

“It is also necessary to encourage the good people of Ondo State to take maximum advantage of this opportunity.

Meanwhile, the speaker of the state House of Assembly, Rt Hon Bamidele Oloyelogun said the bill would receive accelerated hearing and passage.

Oloyelogun said with the importance of the bill to the people of the state, the lawmakers would immediately do the needful as soon as they get the bill from the executive arm of government.

The 26-member assembly members are presently on recess and they have promised to cut short their recess to attend to the bill.

On a similar note the Ogun State Government has approved the proposal for the creation of the Western Nigeria Security Network, Amotekun, in the state.

The approval for the region’s security outfit followed the resolution of the State Executive Council meeting held at the Executive Chamber of the Governor’s office, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta on Tuesday.

According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Kunle Somorin, the approval was given during the Exco meeting held on Tuesday which lasted for 10 hours.

The statement read that the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of the State, Mr Adegbolahan Adeniran, said the presentation of the Bill before the state council followed the earlier approval by the Attorney Generals and Commissioners of Justice of the six Southwest states.

He said, “We presented the bill for the creation of the Ogun State Security Network Agency or what many call the Amotekun Corp Bill of 2020.

“Today, the Executive Council of Ogun State met and adopted a draft as amended of a bill for a law to establish the Ogun State Security Network Agency.

“This agency will comprise of the Amotekun Corp and this bill will be transmitted to the House of Assembly before the end of this week.

“It made all the Attorney Generals of the Southwest zone including Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ekiti, Ondo, and Lagos States to come together with the intervention of the DAWN commission that has been piloting the process, and we are able to have a draft model bill to be adopted by each of the states in accordance with their local circumstances and situations as the need arises.”

The Western Nigeria Security Network was launched by the governors of the Southwestern states in January but there was a need for legal backing for the outfit to be fully operational.

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