- A draft of the bill for Amotekun has been sent to the governor of Ekiti state Kayode Fayemi
- The bill was sent to the governor on Monday, February 10, by the Ekiti state Attorney General
- The governor of Ekiti state also said that the law will be ready by Friday, February 14
The governor of Ekiti state and chairman of the Southwest Governors' Forum, Kayode Fayemi, on Monday, February 10, received a draft bill for the Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN) popularly known as Amotekun.
The bill was received by the governor from the Ekiti State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Wale Fapounda.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that similar bills are expected to be developed by the five states in the southwest region in preparation for legal backing for Amotekun.
Speaking on the submitted bill, Fapounda said the draft sought a proposal for the establishment of an Ekiti State Security Network, to be known as “Amotekun Corps”.
Fapounda said the Corps is to assist in maintaining law and order in Ekiti state.
He said: “In the past two weeks, the AGs from the six states have been working on how to provide enabling legal frameworks for our joint security network."
"After the draft bills were produced, we said we will present the draft to our governors for discussion at the State Executive Council meeting and the Houses of Assembly will then pass it," Fapounda said.
He also said the bill makes a proposal for the establishment of the Independent Amotekun Complaints Board which will enable residents report cases of abuses of power and corruption with a website for interested members of the public to comment on.
Also speaking on the bill, the governor said the law on Amotekun will be ready by Friday, February 14, across all the six states in the southwest.
Fayemi said: "A lot of people misconstrued what Amotekun initiative is all about."
“It is not exclusive protection for the indigenes alone, but for the safety and security of every citizen and resident in the six states, regardless of where they may have come from, and as long as they are legally resident and respect the law of the land," Fayemi added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Ogun state has suspended the sale of forms to interested applicants who wish to join Amotekun.
The coordinator of the security outfit in Ogun state, Taofeek Olawale, said this was as a result of the need to harness modalities and logistics for a hitch-free registration of applicants in the state.
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