Amotekun Bill to be passed into Law Wednesday
The stage was set on Sunday night for the resumption of legislative works on the bill seeking to set up Amotekun Corps in the six Southwest states.
Lawmakers in Lagos, Osun, Ogun, Ondo, and Oyo states will be putting finishing touches on the process beginning from today, March 2, 2020.
Attorneys-Generals and Speakers of the states met in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, where they made suggestions, and observations and also cleared conflicting areas identified during the public hearings conducted last week Monday by the states.
They did a clause-by-clause deliberation on the issues raised at the public hearings that held simultaneously in the states of the South West.
At the meeting were Speakers Timothy Owoeye (Osun), Adebo Ogundoyin (Oyo), Bamidele David Oleyelogun (Ondo), Funminiyi Afuye (Ekiti), Mudashiru Obasa (Lagos), and Olakunle Oluomo (Ogun).
The speakers adopted a uniform law for the security outfit to ensure uniformity and ease of regional cooperation on equipment, training, and intelligence sharing.
It was learned on Sunday that the Oyo State House of Assembly will today (Tuesday 2, March 2020) pass into law the bill backing the establishment of the Oyo State Amotekun Corps.
Kazeem Olayanju, the Chairman of the House Committee on Information, said that the bill, which has passed through Second Reading in Oyo State, will be passed into law at plenary today.
A source in the Assembly revealed that the request by Miyetti Allah to have its members recruited into the outfit was not accommodated in the bill to be passed into law today.
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The group made up of herdsmen, had during the public hearing requested that its members be recruited along with others into the Amotekun security outfit.
The request was contained in its memorandum to the public hearing committee in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital last week.
In Lagos, the Tunde Braimoh-led Committee on Information, Strategy, and Security of the Lagos State House of Assembly will today present its report on the proposed amendment to the Neighbourhood Safety Corp Agency Law 2019 at plenary.
The law is being amended to create Amotekun Corps in line with the region’s effort to tackle rising crime waves such as kidnapping for ransom, robbery, killings, and banditry.
The Lagos State House suspended its recess two weeks ago to consider an executive bill sent to it.
Information revealed that the House is resuming plenary today at 12noon.
According to the notice sent out to lawmakers and legislative staff, the bill will be laid and presented by the committee.
The notice reads: “At the plenary, the House shall consider laying and presentation of the report on a bill for a law to amend the Neighborhood Safety Corps Agency Bill, 2020.”
Also in Akure, the Ondo State House of Assembly will today pass the Amotekun Corps’ Bill.
According to Gbenga Omole, the Chairman, House Committee on Information, the lawmakers had done what was required by organizing a public hearing after cutting short their recess last week.
Gbenga said the lawmakers are ready to pass the bill tomorrow like their counterparts in other Southwest states of the South West.
The bill on the Osun State Security Network and Amotekun Corps will be passed into law on or before Wednesday, Speaker Timothy Owoeye said on Sunday night.
He said that he and his colleagues in Osun State House of Assembly will resume legislative work on the constitution of the bill from today.
Timothy said: “From tomorrow (today), we will start considering the suggestions and recommendations of individuals and groups from the public hearing. By Wednesday, we will pass the bill and send it to the governor for his assent.
Barring the unforeseen, the Amotekun Bill will be passed by the Ogun State House of Assembly today, Speaker Kunle Oluomo assured last night.
Oluomo said: “The bill having concluded the public hearing on the bill a week ago, and the document went through harmonization and reconciliation in Ibadan by all the Southwest Majority Leaders, Speakers, and attorneys-general among others, it was resolved that each state Assembly in the South West should pass the Bill into law on Tuesday (today).
He added: “When it is eventually passed by the Assembly and eventually signed into law by the Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, the bill would be translated into indigenous languages for easy understanding so that essence of it will be felt by all even in the remote area of the state.
The speaker reiterated the bill’s importance to protect the overall wellbeing of residents and investors in the state, emphasizing that intelligence gathering remained the fulcrum of any effective security outfit.