- Southwest has taken another step towards legalising Operation Amotekun
- The speakers of the southwest Houses of Assembly had met with Malami over the new security initiate
- Governor Kayode Fayemi had said that Amotekun has come to stay
Following the order by the federal government that the southwest governors should liaise with their respective Houses of Assemblies to come up with the law that would legalise the Operation Amotekun, the attorneys-generals of the six states have put finishing touches to the required legal framework on the initiative.
The Nation reports that they said on the night of Friday, February 7, that the action was taken to put the required legal framework for Operation Amotekun which aims at combating crimes in the region.
Legit.ng gathered that according to the details of the agreed framework, each of the southwest states of Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ondo, Ekiti, and Lagos would have their legislation and security network operatives, which would bear the name Amotekun corps.
Those in attendance were: Prof Oyewole Oyewo (Oyo), Oluwafemi Akande (Osun), Olawale Fapohunda (Ekiti), Adekola Olawole (Ondo), Akingbolahan Adeniran (Ogun) and Moyosore Onigbanjo (Lagos) who was represented by the director of civil litigation, S. A Quadri.
Addressing journalists after the meeting in company of the other AGs, Oyewo denied insinuations the meeting could not hold earlier on Thursday, February 6, as planned because of political constraints.
He said: “Logistics and the challenges of the office of Attorneys-General in the various Southwest states necessitated the change in the meeting day.”
Giving the details of the legal framework, Oyewole noted that the bill would be sent to the various states Houses of Assemblies after it has been seen by the separate state executive councils.
He said the operational details and structural procedures will be common across the six states to allow for avenues for operational collaborations.
He reiterated that the security network is to complement the existing apparatus but would be using the local intelligence, expressing optimism that the bill will not take too long before being passed to laws by the individual states.
The Oyo AG said: “The meeting of the Attorneys-General of the six southwest states just concluded and we deliberated on the plan to evolve a collaborative security network/agency in the southwest.
“We have been able to come up with a legal framework to back up such establishment of security network in each of the states. So each of the states will have its own legislation and its own security network corp that will bear the name Amotekun Corps.
Asked if the AGs would write to officially inform the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami on the new development, Oyewole noted: “We run a federal system, as long as laws are passed within the competence of our legislation, we don’t need the permission, authority or even the counsel of anybody other than the operators set under the constitution."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Governor Kayode Fayemi said that Operation Amotekun has come to stay.
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