- Southwest speakers have reacted to the agreement between FG and southwest governors on Amotekun
- Operation Amotekun is a new security outfit jointly established by governors of the region
- The speakers pledged that they are ready to provide legislative support for the initiative
Barely 20 hours after the federal government and the southwest government reached agreement on Operation Amotekun, the speakers of Houses of Assembly in the region have pledged to provide legislative support for new security initiative.
Legit.ng reports that the speakers made the pledge in a communique issued on Friday, January 24, by the chairman, conference of speakers of southwest states legislature, Bamidele Oleyelogun.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the communique was issued at the end of a one-day security summit of the speakers.
The summit had as theme, “The imperative of Western Nigerian Security Network (Operation Amotekun): Legislative support for the initiative.”
The speakers, according to the communique, expressed support for Amotekun, saying it would go a long way in curbing the worrisome security problems facing the region
“The establishment of the security outfit in the southwest is in tandem with the constitution, which makes the protection of lives and properties a matter of priority for any responsible government. Operation Amotekun is a welcome development, especially in the spirit of existing community policing laws in the southwest states.
“We have collectively resolved that the issue of security as it is in the region especially, and the country as a whole, can no longer continue to be handled with kids glove. As legislators, we must do our bit to complement the efforts of our governors through legislation that will give legal strength to the security forces,” Oleyelogun said.
The speakers at the meeting are: Adebo Ogundoyin (Oyo state), Funminiyi Afuye (Ekiti), Bamidele Oleyelogun (Ondo), Taiwo Oluomo (Ogun), Timothy Owoeye (Osun) and Mudashiru Obasa (Lagos).
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the federal government and the southwest governors on Thursday, January 23, finally reached an agreement on Operation Amotekun.
It was reported that the parties agreed that legal framework should be put in place on the establishment of the regional security outfit, Amotekun.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo met with the southwest governors and the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, as well as the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu at the Presidential Villa, Abuja after the expanded National Economic Council (NEC), meeting.
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