South west governors to sign Amotekun bill on Friday

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A bill for the establishment of the South-Western Nigeria security network codenamed Amotekun would be signed into law simultaneously by the South west governors later this week

This was disclosed by the Governor of Ekiti State Kayode Fayemi on Monday Receiving the draft from the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Wale Fapohunda, in his office in Ado Ekiti, Fayemi

According to Fayemi, the bill would be signed into law simultaneously by the South west governors on February 14. Fayemi reiterated that the security network was designed to protect both indigenes and other residents in the six states of the south west zone.

He said the vision of anybody who is a patriot and a democrat should be to guarantee the safety, security and well-being of Nigerians and wondered why some people still misconceive the motive behind Amotekun.

Fayemi said that the initiative was a logical extension of the community policing initiative recently assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari and which the inspector general of police had communicated to all the police formations across the country. “The Amotekun was put together by governors from south west so that our highways are free of banditry, of armed robbery, of kidnapping, of all forms of brigandage and criminality in our states” Fayemi said

He said the six governors in the south west considered it a point of duty to guarantee the safety and security of those that legitimately and legally reside in the six states of the zone regardless of where they come from.

Fayemi also disclosed that they had agreed with the speakers in the assemblies of the six states to expedite action on its passage into law.

“The bill is not likely to propose an exclusive protection for Yoruba people living in the six states, it is going to talk about ensuring that our highways are free of banditry, of armed robbery, of kidnapping, of all forms of brigandage and criminality in our states. To that extent, it is a logical extension of the community policing initiative that President Buhari has assented to and the police have been properly briefed.

“My colleagues and I were still in discussion about this yesterday and we have promised ourselves that this will be given accelerated discussion in our various state executive councils this week. Our speakers have been really waiting for this. Some of them have been recalling other members from recess in order to give this an accelerated passage in their various legislative houses, so that by Friday 14th of February, the bill that hopefully would have been passed into law, would be assented to simultaneously in the six states of the South west,” Fayemi said.

The Ekiti State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Wale Fapohunda had revealed that the bill which was expected to be presented simultaneously by the six commissioners for justice to the various governors of the region, contains the operational guideline for the proposed security outfit.

He added that the bill contains key provisions that spell out the establishment of Ekiti State Security Network including its functions and objectives, the establishment and composition of the governing board of the agency and the establishment of Ekiti State Amotekun Corps, including the power and criteria for enlistment into the corps.

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