- The Myetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) advises legislators in Oyo state to include its members in Operation Amotekun
- Yaqub Bello, a former chairman of MACBAN, says some cattle breeders had lived in the state for over 40 years and could contribute in making the security outfit a success
- Bello notes that having Fulani among the outfit will make it easier for Amotekun men to distinguish between genuine herdsmen and criminals
The Myetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) in Oyo state has advocated for its members to be included in the security outfit known as Operation Amotekun.
Yaqub Bello, a former chairman of MACBAN in the state told legislators at a public hearing on the Oyo state security network agency bill 2020, also known as Amotekun bill, on Monday, February 24, that involving Miyetti Allah members will enhance peace in the state, The Cable reports.
He said some cattle breeders had lived in the state for over 40 years and could contribute to the success of Operation Amotekun since they know the terrains.
Bello also stated that having Fulani among the outfit will make it easier for Amotekun men to distinguish between genuine herdsmen and the criminals while on patrol.
He explained that a Fulani man can also help serve as an interpreter while interrogating any suspected herdsman.
Meanwhile, Mudashiru Obasa, the speaker of the Lagos House of Assembly, declared that there is no going back on the Amotekun bill in the state.
The speaker made this declaration on Monday, February 24, at a public hearing on a bill to establish the security outfit in Lagos.
At the time of filing this report, the public hearing had in attendance notable politicians, traditional rulers, Iba Gani Adams, Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land.
In a statement, made available to Legit.ng, it was noted that the bill is to be incorporated into an existing law which created the Neighbourhood Safety Corps in the state.
The speaker went on to note that the idea had resulted in various responses from Nigerians, some in favour of it and others against its establishment.
He also said in Lagos, the Neighbourhood Watch was put in place in 2016 and that some states have copied the idea thus making it important for it to be amended to accommodate Amotekun.
Also, the process of amending the 2019 law that brought about the creation of the Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC) has been commenced by the state's House of Assembly so as to accommodate Operation Amotekun.
This is as the bill for the new security network went through its first and second reading on Thursday, February 20, during the state legislature's plenary. In order to beef-up security in the state, operatives of the outfit are allowed to work with other related agencies.
Meanwhile, former deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, has said that with so many ethnic diversities in Nigeria, community policing will not work.
Claiming that many Nigerians are living in denial, Ekweremadu said that the security condition in the country is not only bad but unbearable, The Cable reports.
He said that as a federal system, what should be done is a decentralisation of the police, not community security outfit like Amotekun and Shege Ka Fasa because they will operate in ways completely different from what is prescribed in the constitution.
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