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General News of Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Source: Mynigeria

Amotekun: Bill to be signed by Southwest governors on Friday - Fayemi

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has said that the bill backing Amotekun security outfit would be signed in the six states of the Southwest on Friday.

The governor stated this in his office when the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Wale Fapohunda, presented the draft bill to him.

According to Fayemi, Amotekun is about the protection of every person living in Southwest regardless of where they might have come from.

He also revealed that the Houses of Assemblies in the Southwest have promised to give the bill accelerated hearing.

According to him, “It was one of the highlights of our meeting with the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo ; the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu and the Attorney General of the federation, Abubakar Malami including the six governors of the South West where we met to iron out the emerging different opinions on the outfit. The security and well-being of every Nigerians where they might have come from.

”A lot of people have misconstrued the essence of the Amotekun security network. It is not about an exclusive protection of indigene of the South West. It is about safety and security of every person resident in the six states of the South West, regardless of where they might have come from. As long as they are legitimately and legally resident in every part of the states, we consider it our duty, we consider it our responsibility to protect them as long as their within the jurisdiction.

“Even though, I have not read the bill , I am sure this is what this bill proposes. I am not sure the bill is for protection of Yoruba people living in the six states. It is going to talk on ensuring our highways are free from banditry, armed robberies , kidnappers and all forms of brigandage.

”To that extent, it is a logical extension of the community policing initiative that President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to that the Inspector General of Police has already communicated to various police formations across the country.

”Together with my colleagues, we have promised ourselves that this bill will be given accelerated discussions in our various State Executive Council meetings this week and send it expeditiously to our various State houses of Assembly this week. Our discussion with our speakers who have been waiting for the bill to the extent that they are recalling some of their members from recess in order to give this bill accelerated passage in the various legislatures.

”Latest by Friday,14th February,2020 the bill that hopefully will have been passed into law will be assented to simultaneously in the six states of the South West and will hope the team in charge of it will start the implementation of the Amotekun corps immediately.”