Amotekun: Southwest Houses Of Assembly Receive Draft Bill Next Week

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File: The launching of the Amotekun security outfit in Ibadan on Thursday 9th January

In line with the constitutional requirements for the Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Operation Amotekun to be operational in combating security challenges within the Southwest states, the draft bill which was prepared by the Attorneys-Generals (AGs) of the six Southwest states will be sent to the various houses of assembly by next week.

The Precision NG reports that the AGs on Friday night put finishing touches to the required legal framework for the security outfit.

The agreed framework shows that each of the Southwest states of Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ondo, Ekiti and Lagos will have its own legislation and its own security network operatives which will bear the name Amotekun Corps.

Unlike when the absence of some state Governors at the inauguration of the Operation Amotekun outfit caused some furore in the media, all the Attorneys-General were present at the meeting.

Those in attendance include, Prof Oyewole Oyewo (Oyo), Mr Oluwafemi Akande (Osun), Mr Olawale Fapohunda (Ekiti), Mr Adekola Olawole (Ondo), Mr Akingbolahan Adeniran (Ogun) and Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo (Lagos) who was represented by the Director of Civil Litigation, Mr S. A Quadri.

The meeting which started around 7pm and lasted for about three hours behind closed doors at Davies Hotel, Bodija, Ibadan was also attended by the officials of the Southwest regional think tank, Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission, who were led by the Director General, Mr Seye Oyeleye.

Addressing journalists after the meeting in company of the other AGs, Prof Oyewo denied insinuations of any political meaning to the reason the meeting could not hold earlier on Thursday, as planned.

He said “logistics and the challenges of the office of Attorneys-General in the various Southwest states necessitated the change in the meeting day”

Giving the details of the legal framework, Oyewole noted that the bill will be sent to the various states houses of Assemblies after it has been seen by the separate State Executive Councils. (The Nation)

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