- The Nigerian Bar Association is supporting compulsory psychiatric test for Amotekun operatives
- The Ekiti state chapter of the body explained that the test would help the operatives in their conduct
- Olakanmi Falade, the chairman said the test would be a necessary requirement to join the security outfit
On Sunday, February 16, the Ekiti state chapter of the NBA supported the call for operatives of Amotekun to undergo a compulsory psychiatric test.
According to Vanguard, the body noted that recruits taking the test would promote sanity in their conduct and operations. The association, in a statement by Olakanmi Falade, the chairman of Ado Ekiti branch said the test had become important following the reported cases of misconduct of security agencies.
The NBA chairman said as part of the requirements for qualification to join Amotekun, he had suggested for the inclusion of mandatory psychiatric tests at the assembly’s public hearing.
He said: “Under the interpretation of sections, arms should not mean firearms alone, it should also include axes, cutlasses even stick. That I think would have been taken into account before passage.
Also, I proposed that in addition to criteria for employment of officials, a mandatory psychiatric test should be added in the law as stated in Section 19 which dealt with recruitment."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Ekiti House of Assembly on Friday, February 13, passed the agency bill 2020 code-named Amotekun. The decision followed the adoption of the report of its committee on security and special duties at plenary.
While presenting the report on the floor of the House, the chairman of the committee, Lateef Oluwole representing Ekiti East constituency 1, said some amendment was made to the proposed bill after clause-by-clause and point-by-point examination of the bill proposal at the public hearing.
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In a related development, Operation Amotekun operatives will be known as corps and carry licensed firearms. This was disclosed by Olawale Fapohunda, the Ekiti state attorney general and commissioner for justice on Friday, February 7, after a meeting of the southwest zone attorney generals held in Ibadan.
Fapohunda speaking on details for the security outfit said that all the commissioners agreed to insert a clause in the bill for an act backing up the initiative to empower personnel of Amotekun to carry licensed firearms.
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