The bill for southwest regional security outfit codenamed Operation Amotekun, has been approved by Ogun state government.
According to The Nation, the bill was approved on Wednesday, February 12, at the State Executive Council meeting held at the Executive Chamber of the governor’s office in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that Ekiti state governor and chairman of the Southwest Governors' Forum, Kayode Fayemi, on Monday, February 10, received a draft bill for the regional security outfit.
The bill was received by the governor from the Ekiti state attorney general and commissioner for justice Wale Fapounda. Similar bills are expected to be developed by the five states in the southwest region in preparation for legal backing for Amotekun.
Similarly, the sale of forms for recruitment to individuals interested in joining the southwest security outfit, Operation Amoteku, has been temporarily suspended in Ogun state.
The sale of the form was earlier scheduled to commence on Monday, February 10, in the state. However, 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.
In a related development, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) finally spoke out about Amotekun, the controversial security outfit created by the six governors in the southwestern part of Nigeria.
Tinubu, in a lengthy statement clarifying his stand on the issue, said there is no way Amotekun can be a threat to the unity or foundation of Nigeria. His position, in which he called Amotekun an inoffensive addition to the security of the country was made available to Legit.ng by his spokesperson, Tunde Rahman.
The politician, who called it a limited, inoffensive addition to security, wondered why those who should know more about security in the country are the ones describing it as a threat to the nation's unity.
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