JUST IN: Ogun Govt Approves Amotekun Bill

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The Ogun State Executive Council has approved the proposal for the creation of the Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Amotekun in the state.

The proposal was approved during the SEC meeting held Tuesday in the Executive Chamber of Governor Dapo Abiodun’s office.

Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of the State, Mr. Adegbolahan Adeniran addressed reporters after the meeting which reportedly lasted 10 hours.

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

“The Amotekun Security outfit had already been launched by the governors of the southwestern states. However, it became very clear that there was a need for legal backing for these operations.

“This made all the Attorneys General of the southwest zone including Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ekiti, Ondo and Lagos state to come together with the intervention of 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.”

Recall that South-West governors launched the regional security outfit in Ibadan, Oyo State on Thursday, January 9 to combat kidnapping, banditry and other violent crimes in the region.

Some prominent leaders in the north had condemned the outfit, describing it as a prelude to the declaration of Oduduwa Republic.

After initial controversy, the Federal Government finally backpedaled on the declaration of the outfit as illegal.

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