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Amotekun: Southwest speakers, AGs adopt uniform bill

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A single legal document for the operation of the Amotekun security outfit has been adopted by the six Houses of Assembly in the southwest on Wednesday, February 26, across the region.

In a report, by The Nation, Bamidele Oleyelogun, the speaker Ondo state House of Assembly disclosed this information after a meeting with all six attorneys-general from all the states in Ibadan. Oleyelogun, who also doubled as the chairman of the conference of speakers of southwest states, said the uniformity of the bill would ensure synergy of operation in terms of working relationship, intelligence sharing, training, and others among the Amotekun Corps in the six southwest states.

The meeting between Lagos, Oyo, Ondo, Ogun, Osun, and Ekiti states was convened to harmonise the different suggestions, observations, and criticisms into the proposed law.

The Ondo speaker went on to note that until an acceptable law, which will give Operation Amotekun full legal backing is passed the conference would not rest. At the meeting, observations, suggestions and clear conflicting areas identified during the public hearings conducted by each state were identified by the speakers and AGs. Then a clause-by-clause deliberation of the issues raised at public hearings.

Those present at the meeting included speakers of all six states, attorneys-general, majority leaders, clerks of the six Houses of Assembly, directors of legal departments and chairmen, and House committees on security. The bill has been given an accelerated consideration by the Houses of Assembly with a view to giving legal backing to the corps.

Meanwhile, NASSNEWS previously reported that various groups such as the Oodua People’s Congress, the herdsmen group Miyetti Allah, the Christian Association of Nigeria, and Agbekoya Farmers Association have all endorsed Operation Amotekun. The herdsmen group in Oyo state gave their support for the security outfit during a public hearing of the bill setting it up on Monday, February 24.

In a related development, the Ekiti Ministry of Justice under the directive of Governor Kayode Fayemi will soon begin the translation of the legislation that backs the creation of Amotekun alongside other laws into the Yoruba language for better understanding and interpretation.

Commenting on the readiness of the government to carry out the task, the state’s commissioner for justice, Olawale Fapohunda, said that the legislation, known as the Ekiti Security Network Agency bills, has been read at the state Assembly.

 

 

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